Sharon Kirlik, PhD, LCSW is a Licensed Behavioral and Mental Health Doctor at Avance Care Behavioral Health at the Avance Centers of Excellence in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Kirlik is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 28 years of pragmatic, clinical knowledge practiced in multiple realms of social work across the United States, India, and throughout the African continent. Since 2022 she has been the Associate Director of Behavioral Health Programming at Avance Care. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Georgia and her PhD from Capella University in counseling.

Dr. Kirlik integrates several robustly supported theories to assist clients in self-defining behaviors and thought patterns that no longer work within the context of their lives. She is expertly versed in cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) and client-centered theory (CCT) and believes that both of these directive and non-directive techniques used in tandem serve as an effective and efficient means of partnering with a client to implement new patterns and adapt old patterns that better suit their present lives. Clients are acknowledged for being the experts in their own lives in a way that both honors and celebrates their uniqueness without judgment.

Fall is Dr. Kirlik’s absolute favorite time of year when the air is crisp, the smell of homemade chili is wafting through the air, and her undergraduate alma mater, The University of Florida’s, Fighting Gators is playing in The Swamp! GO GATORS!!! Dr. Kirlik likes to spend time with her husband doing projects around the house or playing with their new puppy, Ollie. She enjoys all types of arts and crafts but is an avid crocheter (a hobby she began learning from her grandmother when she was 3 years old) and enjoys developing new patterns and creating useful gifts for all of her family and friends.

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