Deni obtained her master of social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Deni has facilitated and co-facilitated several therapy groups since joining the Veritas Collaborative team in September 2012, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), body image process, and challenging perfection groups. Deni co-leads DBT groups for the Adolescent Program in addition to providing individual and family therapy.
Deni has assisted adolescents and their families in a variety of settings that include: community level, school, and inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Her passion for working with adolescents and families developed in 2007 while providing case management for families impacted by sexual abuse and conducting clinical assessments with adolescents and their caregivers through a research study at the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. This study evaluated Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), an ecologically-based intervention targeting substance abuse, trauma-related psychopathology, and HIV-risk behaviors among adolescent sexual assault victims. It was through her clinical research experience that Deni learned the importance of implementing evidence-based treatment methods and the strong need to incorporate family involvement into the treatment process.
During graduate school, Deni provided counseling services to students attending Chapel Hill High School to problem solve failing grades, truancy, and emotional/behavioral issues. Deni also had the opportunity to work as a clinician at the Central Regional Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, conducting individual and family therapy with children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties.