Hello! I am a Licensed Psychologist and certified Health Services Provider who holds a bachelor's degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. I trained as a doctoral intern at Dorothea Dix Hospital (now Central Regional Hospital) in Raleigh and as a post-doctoral fellow at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, before branching off into private practice, crisis evaluation, and clinical training.
As an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, I provide immediate attention for individuals needing assistance for a crisis related to mental illness, developmental disability, and/or substance abuse at the UNC WakeBrook Crisis and Assessment Service.
As the founder and owner of BeWellNC Inc., I offer compassionate, holistic, evidence-based therapy in a healing environment, backed by exceptional training and personal experience. My areas of expertise include mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions for adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with a wide variety of difficulties. A skilled practitioner of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and NeuroMeditation, I use a collaborative, client-centered approach that empowers clients to cope with distressing thoughts and feelings, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change.
In my newest endeavor, I am passionate about training clinicians around the country in the use of mindfulness-based interventions to rewire the brain.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, friends, and animals on my farm in Angier, North Carolina.
I am honored to have been a featured guest on the People of JoCo podcast! (For you non-locals, JoCo is how we Johnston County residents affectionately refer to our little corner of the world.) If you've never heard my story and are curious how I came to be so passionate about helping people struggling with anxiety and other mental health concerns, I invite you to take a listen. Wishing you wellness always!
Dr. Stephanie Best on the People of JoCo Podcast