Robin and her Practice Manager, Hannah, work together to create a comfortable space for people of all ages to focus on changes they would like to put into effect. Robin and her family have lived in North Carolina since 1983 when she began work in a variety of roles in the non-profit world, serving women, children and families. During these years she and her husband, musician Chris Minick, raised their family of five children. Robin worked as a court advocate with sexual assault victims, was the first director for the Guardian ad Litem program, directed mentoring and adolescent pregnancy prevention programs and managed early childhood programs in the seven western counties. She also taught middle school science and language arts, before eventually winding up in graduate school at Western Carolina University in 2006.
Since graduation with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Robin has worked in a public mental health agency on the mobile crisis team and doing outpatient therapy. She spent four years working for Hospice as a bereavement counselor and doing integrated behavioral health care with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and diabetes patients.
Currently, Robin is thrilled to have an office for private practice in downtown Waynesville in the Norris Law Building at 177 North Main Street. She is trained in and practices a highly dependable and efficient treatment model named Internal Family Systems that shows patients how to connect with existing self-knowledge that can lead them to positive and lasting change. She is interested in and incorporates subtle mindful movement and other practical interventions in her clinical practice. Spiritual considerations often arise during therapy and Robin is happy to explore those with her patients. Most of all, Robin hopes to create a non-judgmental place where people can be heard and where they can make sense of themselves and what they are experiencing. Robin enjoys working with individuals of all ages.
Robin is licensed in North Carolina as a professional clinical mental health counselor and supervisor for provisionally-licensed counselors (LCMHC-S). She is nationally certified as a counselor (NCC) and is certified as a clinical military counselor (CCMC) and a grief counselor (GC-C). Recently Robin met the education requirements for training and is certified in Perinatal Mood Disorders, including post-partum depression (PMH-C).
When she is not at the office, Robin enjoys being with her husband, children and grandchildren, walking along creeks and rivers, being out in the woods, cooking, being creative, reading, practicing yoga and having fun.