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The Carruth Center is open, but most of our clinicians are working remotely. We are only seeing psychological and psychiatric emergencies in person at this time. For information about counseling options available to students located in West Virginia as well as students currently outside of the state, please see our COVID-19 updates page.

Felicia Hooper, MA, LPC, NCC

Behavioral Health Therapist/BIPOC Specialist

Education

B.S. in Psychology, University of Mary Washington

M.A. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health track, West Virginia University

Orientation

I take an integrative approach to counseling using elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered, and Adlerian Therapy. I also tend to conceptualize through a family systems lens. I believe sometimes we recognize the “what” and my therapeutic focus aids in exploring the “why” and “how” as we move towards creating growth, healing, and change in our lives. I believe therapy is an incredibly important aspect of our mental wellness journey and enjoy playing an additive role in the lives of my clients.

Interests

Multicultural issues, family and relationship issues, identify development, self-compassion/self-care, mood disorders, and thought disorders.

Bio

I am honored and excited to be working in WVU’s Carruth Center in the inaugural role of BIPOC Specialist. This position truly allows an opportunity for me to marry a litany of my passions together in support of WVU’s students: mental health for young adults, offering support for marginalized groups, and creating increased feelings of agency for those who lack.

I am a Northern Virginia native with strong roots in West Virginia; having a family lineage directly tied to this area and having spent innumerable holidays and summer vacations in and around Morgantown throughout my childhood.

I decided to move to West Virginia not long after graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Needless to say, WV has always been in my heart and I was ready to move as soon as I could. I’ve remained a WV resident for well over a decade and am a huge Mountaineer football fan!

My unique lived experiences as a woman of color in both the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) and West Virginia inform not only my practice, but my understanding of the distinctive needs of minoritized individuals and communities.

To date, my experience in the mental health field ranges from non-profit community mental health, work in an adult inpatient psychiatric unit, and outpatient counseling. I’m looking forward to leveraging my past experiences in new ways, as a part of the Carruth Center team.

Outside of work, I enjoy television and film, classic cars, finding great sales, spending time with loved ones, and growing my garden in the summertime.

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