LAURINBURG — Tamara Morgan Davison has recently joined the staff of Scotland Family Counseling Center.
“Our center’s growth has required the addition of a new professional counselor and we are delighted that Tamara has joined our team,” said Charles Wentz, the counseling center’s executive director. “She is an exceptional person, with over 20 years of experience in the counseling field and is highly regarded in both the medical and educational fields of therapeutic counseling.”
Davison is a nationally certified, licensed professional counselor. Her 22-year career has varied as she has served as a mental health counselor and a school counselor as well as a student services administrator. Tamara has counseled clients of all ages (children and adults) with various concerns including depression, anxiety, behavior problems, ADHD, mood disorders, family concerns and adjustment issues.
Born and raised in Laurinburg, Davison has also lived in Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Ohio. She is married, has two sons, and is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Laurinburg. Tamara received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1986, and her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991.
“I am excited to be joining an organization that truly cares about people and celebrates a mission of helping others,” Davison said. “I chose the field of counseling many years ago because of my own desire to guide people toward hope and healing. I have had the privilege of counseling all ages, from elementary school children to retired senior citizens and I look forward to continuing my journey as a counselor at Scotland Family Counseling Center where faith, hope and healing are part of the job.”
The Rev. Jim Bumgardner, board chair of Scotland Family Counseling Center, also expressed delight in the hiring of Davison.
“When we interviewed Tamara, it was obvious to all of us that she would be a wonderful addition to our counseling ministry. She grew up in Laurinburg, received her bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, her great parents Bill and Dot Morgan have called Laurinburg home for much of their lives, and she is an experienced counselor of the highest degree.
“… It is great to know that adding Tamara to our staff continues our tradition of employing superior counselors, who provide excellent services to Scotland County residents and residents of adjacent counties.”
Scotland Family Counseling Center, a United Way Agency, was “incubated” upstairs in Laurinburg Presbyterian Church beginning in 2007. The Rev. Neal Carter was the first president of the advisory council, formed from a cross-section of clergy and lay leaders from the community.
Initially, counseling services were offered for one-half day a week by one counselor. Gradually over the years, incorporation as a non-profit occurred and services have grown to two full-time counselors seeing clients from a seven-county area. In 2011, the counseling center became an affiliate of Scotland Health Care System and moved to its present offices at 1603-A Medical Drive on the hospital’s campus. Since 2010, counseling activity has increased by more than 70 percent.
The current twelve-member board of directors is led by Bumgardner, and Charles Wentz serves as the executive director and licensed professional counselor. Mary Neil Thompson joined the staff as a licensed professional counselor and clinical director in September 2012. Cheryl Kagey Wood, who was a major contributor to the growth and development of the counseling center, was a counselor until her death in December 2012.
For information or to make an appointment, call 910-276-7011 or visit the counseling center’s website at www.scotlandcounseling.org