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Fanica Payne, M.S.W.

Substance Use Disorder Specialist


Master of Social Work, West Virginia University (2013)

Licensure Status

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in West Virginia 


Evidence based, integrative, therapeutic approach specific to meet clients' needs while respecting their self-determination. Emphasis on strengths-based perspective, person-centered, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Solution focused, motivational interviewing and elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy are also incorporated when appropriate. 


Individual and group therapy, substance use, anxiety, depression and other mood related concerns. Areas of important also include self-esteem, self-care, stress management, multicultural and LGBTQ+ concerns, along with relationship challenges. Other interest includes mentoring and teaching. 


Originally from Charleston, WV, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science, Promotion and Wellness from West Virginia State University in 2010. While finishing up my undergraduate degree, I served as an AmeriCorps LifeBridge volunteer in Institute, WV, where I fell in love with service and helping others. This experience influenced me to pursue a career in the helping profession. While in graduate school, I completed my Generalist Field Placement with Milan Puskar Health Right in Morgantown, WV, engaging in Community Mental Health Services and my Advanced Field Placement with WVU Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. In 2013, I completed my Master of Social Work Degree from West Virginia University's School of Social Work.

After graduating, I worked as an Admissions Counselor and Adjunct Instructor for West Virginia State University: educating, advising, counseling and assisting students with the admissions/enrollment process. In 2014, I began working as a Clinical Therapist in the hospital, healthcare setting at WVU Medicine. While working as a Clinical Therapist for WVU Medicine, my practice experience included case management, assessment, individual and group therapy, screening and brief iIntervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Dual Diagnosis, Inpatient services. I also worked with the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services. 

In September of 2018, I joined the Carruth Clinical Staff gaining the opportunity to combine my higher education experience with my passion for clinical work and helping others. 


Outside of work I enjoy napping (😊), watching movies, exercising (I prefer weight training), and watching sports news. I love sports; my favorite sport is football! My favorite season is spring and I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and close friends.

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