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Madalina Ochenatu, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselor, CRC, LPCA

Madalina Ochenatu is originally from Romania and has a dual background in medicine and psychology. She earned a Medical Doctor degree from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest. In her birth country, she also worked for five years as an intern and resident doctor, demonstrating clinical skills in patients’ care and ability to work in a healthcare team. Pursuing her dream of becoming a behavioral health clinician focused on chronic illness and health-related issues, she moved to North Carolina to obtain a formal training in psychology, and she graduated with Summa cum Laude, earning a BA in Psychology from the UNC at Greensboro. Seeking further graduate training in counseling, she graduated with High Honors from the UNC at Chapel Hill, earning a MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC), with the Psychiatric Disability specialization.

Upon her graduation from the CRMHC program, she teamed up with her practicum and internship supervisor, Dr. Lekisha Alesii, and started to work as a therapist at the Center for Health and Emotional Wellness, PLLC. As a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA) and a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), she provides on-site and on-line counseling to adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups as well as vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. She specializes in counseling for: mental illness (depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, grief, emotional trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, dual disorders etc.), psychiatric disability caused by chronic physical illness (chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, morbid obesity, etc.), and commonly encountered life issues (stress, emotional burnout, life-work balance, relationships, life transitions, health, and wellness). 

Given her education and training, she recognizes how transformative holistic therapy can be for those who live with chronic illness, impacting their quality of life, as well as for those who struggle through life transitions and challenges. She also understands how a careful consideration of an individual's vulnerabilities as well as strengths and personal resources is key to helping them accomplish their treatment goals. Thus, she is committed to working compassionately and collaboratively with her clients to appraise holistically relevant biological, psychological, and social factors affecting their ability to either manage, prevent, or decrease the impact of stress and chronic illness on their life. By employing a person-centered approach and tailored complementary evidence-based practices for an individualized journey and by enlisting the needed social supports, she works together with each of her clients to help them achieve their personal growth, health, and emotional wellness.

Profile Summary


Medical Doctor Degree, General Medicine Specialization; graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania, September 1995

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, graduated with summa cum laude UNC-Greensboro, May 2016

Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Disability Specialization, graduated with High Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, May 2019

Licensure, Certifications, and Accreditations:

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina (LPCA) (No: A14885)

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) (No: 0038792)

NPI Number- for Professional Counseling: 1619531092

Practicum and Internships in Psychiatry and Psychology:

Internship and radiology residency training: Emergency County Hospital, Ploiesti, and University Hospital, Bucharest

Undergraduate Internship in Psychology: UNCG Psychology Clinic, Greensboro, NC

Graduate Practicum and Internship in Psychology: Center for Health and Emotional Wellness, PLLC, Durham, NC

Research Experience in Psychology:

Gene Environment and Emotion lab at UNC-Greensboro: depression and anxiety

Adult Cognition lab at UNC-Greensboro: cognitive and meta cognitive functioning

STARx lab at UNC-Chapel Hill: teens with chronic illness transitioning to adulthood

Graduate Master’s Thesis at UNC-Chapel Hill: “Ineffective Coping and Inadequate Social Supports as Risk Factors for Depression after Heart Transplant Surgery.”

Continuing Counseling Education: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), TeleMental Health for online services.

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) integrated with complementary techniques from DBT, CPT, ACT, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Clinical Professional Goal: to coordinate care, conduct psychological assessment, and provide individual, family, or group counseling while assisting health care providers in helping individuals and their families to better manage chronic physical and mental illness and live healthier lives.

Currently, she accepts new clients for individual, family, or group therapy (groups for: treating social anxiety disorder, bariatric surgery clients, chronic pain management), and rehabilitation counseling services, on site or on-line via HIPAA compliant website.

Accepted Payment

Pay By: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, Health Savings Account, Check

Accepts BCBS Insurance Plans as an In Network Provider

Sliding scale: Yes

Psychology Today Profile:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/463136

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 919-589-3550

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