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    Monique Sorensen, M.A., LPC-A, LCAS

    Monique began her journey with First Step in May of 2015 as a master’s level intern working with the adolescent program. She received her Bachelor of Art’s degree from North Carolina State University in Psychology and her Master of Art’s degree from North Carolina Central University in Mental Health Counseling. She also received a master’s level certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University. Monique is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She is registered with the National Board of Certified Counselors as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

    Monique was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She spent a couple of years in Miami, FL during her first two years of undergraduate studies. She currently works in our Raleigh office facilitating the day Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment group. Monique is our primary specialist working with Adolescent and Youth clients. She is the counselor you’ll meet for our adolescent outpatient, Wake County Public Schools ACE Program, substance use disorder assessments, family counseling and other areas of our adolescent program.

    Monique provides substance abuse and mental health assessments and therapy. She provides individual counseling with community and federal clients.  She works primarily from a person-centered approach while incorporating gestalt and cognitive behavioral techniques into her therapy sessions.

    You may reach Monique by email at “monique@firststepnc(dot)com” or by phone at (919) 803-8911.


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    Following my DWI conviction, I called First Step and was immediately treated with respect and courtesy. My counselor was always kind, smiling, and ready to listen; offering help when needed. She was open and kind in all situations and to all of the group members. She taught tools to me and the group regarding staying sober.

    Anonymous Raleigh Client

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