Angel Barrino, CADC, ICADC
Angel is a Substance Abuse Counselor at Changing Tides. She comes to us from Charlotte / Gastonia area, and is a native of Greensboro, NC. She earned her Bachelors in Christian Education, Masters in Christian Counseling, Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Literature from Rehoboth International Bible College in Raleigh, NC. She holds multiple certifications in Mental Health Recovery, WRAP Facilitation, Trauma and other specialties. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC, ICADC) with approximately 8 years of experience in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field. Angel joined MH/SA after realizing that she wanted to help others who were affected by alcoholism and trauma, as much as she had been as a child. She helps clients focus on solutions and identify ways to improve their quality of life. Angel enjoys using CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, Narrative, DBT, WRAP and at the client’s request Faith and Recovery approaches, as well as implementing other effective therapies as she masters them. Her own life experiences and ability relating to clients in ways which help bring positive breakthrough have been her strength. She has a unique ability to teach clients from a wholistic perspective and her passion for complete recovery shines through in each group or individual session. Angel joins us with an extensive trauma background, which includes working with victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault. She is an active member of NAMI South Mountain and works closely with NAMI and other agencies to speak about awareness, trauma and advocacy.
When Angel is not working, she enjoys writing, singing, creating, reading, working in ministry, traveling, walking, playing with her Chihuahua Angel2, spending time with her husband, daughter, family and close friends, as well as exploring cultural and new foods. She blogs about her dining experiences and adventures. Angel is a 10-time Best Selling author on Amazon and owns a private coaching business which focuses on wellness, life skills and business building.
Currently Angel is working on her PhD in Biblical Counseling, with plans to pursue a second bachelor’s in human services and master’s in professional counseling with hopes to obtain her LCAS someday. She has always dreamt of living and working at the beach; therefore, she welcomes this role with open arms and is very instrumental in teaching clients to live their dreams and pursue purpose outside of their addiction.