Birnettiah Killens, MSW, LCAS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in substance use disorders and mental health assessment/treatment of adults, LGBTQ+, Veterans and their families, couples and diverse populations.
Her clinical focus is in the following treatment areas:
- Substance Use Disorders
- LGBTQ population, including Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Birnettiah Killens earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in substance use disorders and adult mental health. She received her Bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University in Psychology and Africana Studies. She has served in a clinical capacity in both outpatient and community settings. Most recently, birnettiah has worked at a federal hospital providing therapeutic care to Veterans and their families.
Birnettiah emphasizes a “Wellness Above All Else” approach in which therapy is a pathway to holistic living and mental balance. To improve individual function she uses treatment modalities such as cognitive processing therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness based therapy. She is an active member in the community and currently serves as the Vice President of the National Association of Black Social Workers’ local NC chapter Triangle Association of Black Social Workers.
Birnettiah is passionate about blending research and clinical practice to reach the masses through public speaking engagements. She has guest lectured at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented at various conferences and continues to work with local organizations. birnettiah’s mission is to assist individuals and communities via therapeutic relationship that will create pathways towards their own self-identified goals.