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Embrace Life. Teardown Barriers. Move Forward.

For many people, making the decision to seek therapy can be its own obstacle to overcome. Then, the task of finding the “right” counselor can be even more overwhelming. My goal as your therapist is to develop a course of action with you and guide you through the process of addressing and overcoming the main issue(s) you see in your life.

Whether you are facing substance abuse issues, mental health concerns, or career obstacles, I am licensed, certified, and experienced to help you move forward.

If you have questions, please do not be hesitant to reach out via email or the number listed on the contact page. Even if I am not the right counselor for you, perhaps I can help to answer some general questions about therapy and steer you in the direction of someone who might be a better fit for you.


Life is busy. Balancing our daily responsibilities while working on ourselves can easily become overwhelming. Throw in anxiety, depression, sleep complications, and other mental health concerns and it can become increasingly difficult to accomplish your goals. If you feel stuck, hopeless, or simply exhausted, take the first step toward establishing a healthier balance in your life by reaching out today. Together we can:

  • Identify goals
  • Uncover root issues
  • Cultivate and enhance coping skills
  • Provide referrals for psychiatric medication
  • Develop and track plans to accomplish goals
  • Increase confidence and sense of self
  • Improve relationships

“Let’s create a plan to help you move forward.”


Addiction and substance abuse can destroy relationships, self-esteem, motivation, and much more. I specialize in addressing root causes of substance abuse and addiction with my clients while helping them to clearly define and achieve their goals. Twelve-step models can be great supplements for some people, but typically we need to go deeper with the help of a licensed professional. Let’s work-out a plan for you, and start:

  • Identifying & setting measurable goals
  • Developing effective coping mechanisms
  • Discussing medications
  • Recognizing your motivators
  • Addressing unresolved trauma
  • Establishing stronger support networks

“A holistic and goal-oriented approach to addiction and substance abuse.”


Work is an essential and fulfilling part of life–or at least it should be. I am a firm believer that our careers serve as a critical piece of our identity and our overall mental health. Developing a satisfying career is an ongoing process, just like life. Are you tired of rolling out of bed and forcing yourself to show up at a job you hate? Do you feel stuck in your current career trajectory? Reach out and together, we can:

  • Identify strengths & career interests
  • Create an individualized career plan
  • Improve interviewing and job searching techniques
  • Craft an effective resumé and cover letter
  • Re-brand your professional image
  • Align your values with your career
  • Plan and implement a career change

“Your career is an essential piece of your mental health.”

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.”

– August Wilson, American Playwright

Wesley Jackson Wade



I am a licensed professional counselor associate (LPC-A), a licensed clinical addictions specialist associate (LCAS-A), a certified clinical mental health counselor (CCMHC), and a national certified counselor (NCC). In 2016, I graduated from North Carolina Central University with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, and a second master’s degree in career counseling–currently working on a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education at NC State University.

Forward Counseling is a part-time private practice where I perform in-home counseling services primarily for adolescents and young adults with substance abuse issues, mental health concerns, and behavioral obstacles jeopardizing career development and educational attainment.

In addition, I collaborate with Collegial Behavioral Health (CBH) in Raleigh, NC where I have an office space to meet with clients on Wednesday evenings and on the first and third Saturdays of each month. CBH values the people they serve and offers a wide-array of services including medication management.

As a therapist, I strongly believe in the power of relationships. Our friends, family, and co-workers/classmates make-up a significant volume of the interactions we have on a daily basis. In therapy, the counselor-client relationship is critically important. I believe in being honest, straight-forward, and dependable with my clients. If we are going to become partners dedicated to helping you overcome the biggest issues in your life, then honesty as to be a cornerstone of our partnership.

Like many of us, I experienced some intense setbacks earlier in my life. I was fortunate enough to have a strong support network complete with many responsible adults, including a few counselors. Now, it is my pleasure and honor to serve as a counselor for others.

Clinically, I primarily utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and reality therapy when working with clients. But, unless you are a clinician, you probably have no idea what either of those terms means. So, just know that I am a dedicated counselor who values relationships and knows from experience that therapy works. Adolescents and young adults are exciting to work with, and I love helping them uncover their potential. If you would like to get to know me better and inquire about counseling services, please reach out and we can begin a conversation.

Best regards and congratulations on deciding to begin the process of moving forward.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

– Maya Angelou, American Poet


Wesley Jackson Wade

(919) 530-9446



If you have an initial question or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact me via phone or email. Please do your best to minimize the amount of confidential information included in the email and/or voicemail. To protect your privacy, keep your email/message general and brief.