Arlene Dixon, M.A., LCAS-A, LPC
Substance Abuse Counselor and Mental Health Therapist, Raleigh Facility
Arlene is an Ohio native who started her journey at First Step in April of 2016. Arlene received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling degree at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA. She also received a master’s level specialization certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. Arlene is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is registered with the National Board of Certified Counselors and is a National Certified Counselor. Arlene received her training in substance abuse treatment while interning at a county community substance abuse and mental health treatment facility. During that time, she facilitated a daytime intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment group, for women with children, as well as provided individual, family, and couples counseling. Arlene later facilitated an evening intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment group along with a short-term outpatient substance abuse treatment group for men, women, and families.
She was born in Ohio and raised in Texas and has lived in Kentucky, California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Arlene currently works in our Raleigh office facilitating an outpatient substance abuse treatment group. She also completes both substance abuse and mental health assessments as well as individual, family, and couples counseling. Arlene works primarily from a Person-Centered approach but also incorporates Systems theory, Gestalt, Reality, Emotionally-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques into her therapy sessions. Arlene’s graduate and post-graduate clinical work has also focused on codependency, trauma, anxiety, sex addiction, and human sexuality. Additionally, she has in depth experience working with individuals in crisis, who have a dual diagnosis, and who exhibit psychosis. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new destinations and spending time with her family and friends.