Training and Experience

Lois Bernard, LCSW received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1988. Prior to this she worked for three years on the "front line" with children and adolescents at Appalachian Hall Psychiatric Hospital in Asheville, NC. After receiving her Masters Degree she worked for three years at Chestnut Hill Psychiatric Hospital in Travelers Rest, SC, then for more than four years in the Waypoint Program at New Hope Treatment Centers in Charleston, SC treating juvenile sex offenders under the supervision of nationally known sex offender treatment provider Jonathan Ross, MA. Along with Mr. Ross, she had the opportunity to go to Chicago with one of her clients who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show discussing his treatment program. In 1997 she returned to the Asheville Area and worked for over 5 years as a Clincial Social Worker with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, at Swannannoa Valley Youth Development Center continuing her work with juvenile sexual offenders. In 2003, Lois began private practice working with children, adolescents and adults most of whom have a background of childhood trauma. She believes and understands that a trauma can affect a person physically, emotionally and intellectually. Her approach is comprehensive and referrals to outside professionals for assessment and/or treatment are made when deemed needed.