Lamont Barnett, (ABD) Ph.D., LCAS, MAC, CPLC

Clinical Therapist

Lamont Barnett is a Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist (LCAS) with an extensive background in mental health and addictions. Originally from Chicago, Illinois he found a second home in North Carolina where began his career in mental health working in the Community Base Services (CBS) sector as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Then in 2008 he became registered as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC now CADC). Along his journey he has acquired other national credentialing including: Certified Professional Life Coaching (CPLC), Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) and Certified Master’s Addiction Counselor (MAC). Lamont’s role at AIM/GHR is working within the clinical department conducting both individual and group therapy.

He began his academic career by attending Shaw University; majoring in Recreational Therapy and minoring in Psychology. After graduating from Shaw University, he worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Rex Wellness and Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym. Shortly after establishing himself in the physical rehabilitation field, he began working part-time as a QP with the adolescent population. There he gained experience with working with disorders including: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Autism, Generalized Anxiety, Cyclothymia Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Within five years of working fulltime as an Exercise Physiologist / Personal Trainer and part-time as a Qualified Mental Health Professional he felt called to transition into mental health full-time. Subsequently, his newfound calling led him to pursue the assortment of certification (aforementioned). While pursuing his doctorate degree in Educational Psychology he obtained his Masters degree in Psychology.

During his doctorate degree program he had the opportunity to complete residencies in Barcelona, Spain; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and San Diego, California to sharpen his cultural diversity skills. As a result of his hard work and educational accomplishments, he also gained employment in academia as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University in Rocky Mount, NC in 2015.

He is able to utilize his experiences to bridge the gap between the mental, physical, and spiritual health of individuals to focus on the whole person. Individuals will flourish when they come to the understanding that one is not separated by their mental, physical, and spiritual health but interdependently connected by them. He is most notable for his solution-focused approach that is wrapped with compassion and evidence-based care, with the intentions of helping individuals feel empowered and purposed. His treatment methodologies include dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Education

Shaw University (Raleigh, NC) – Bachelors in Recreational Therapy, minor in Psychology

North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) – Masters in Clinical Psychology (transferred to Walden’s M.S. & Ph.D. Psychology program)

Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) – Masters in Clinical Psychology

Walden University (Baltimore, MD) — Doctorate in Teaching Psychology (ABD)