MS, LPC, LCAS
Kay Regnier is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. Kay was a Registered Nurse for 28 years working in the behavioral health and case management field prior to becoming a therapist. Kay still holds an Active RN license. Kay received her Master’s in Clinical counseling, Substance abuse counseling and Vocational evaluation from East Carolina University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Services and Child development from ECU as well. She received her nursing degree from UNC Wilmington. Kay was born in the Piedmont Triad of NC, Asheboro and Winston Salem were home, until she came to eastern NC and fell in love with the area, the people and the beautiful coast line.
Kay has expertise in substance use disorders and well as mental health disorders. For the past 7 years Kay has been a group leader in Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered Faith based 12 step program for anyone that struggles with hurts, habits or hang-ups. Kay’s faith and belief in God has helped her to overcome hardships and obstacles in her own life. Kay has worked at alcohol and drug detoxification centers as well as an outpatient therapist in a community health setting. She has worked in a crisis walk – in clinic and has also facilitated intensive outpatient substance abuse groups like SAIOP and SACOT. Kay is comfortable working with patients with severe and persistent mental illness, co -dependency , depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief , parents or grandparents who have lost an infant or a child and all types of substance use disorders. Kay is passionate about working with patients in a group setting. In addition to strengthening relationships skills, groups reduce isolation , teach us about ourselves and provide insight into our own personal growth through our shared experiences. Kay’s counseling style is holistic, motivational and solution focused. Kay uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy approach as well as an intuitive and strength based approach. Kay also uses a Trauma based resiliency model in her counseling practice. Kay has always had a commitment to helping those in their weakest moments and worst situations with a desire to help them problem solve as well as find resources that can get them over a hurdle. Kay especially likes working with underserved populations and those with health disparities.