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Audrey Keeton, LCSW

Audrey Keeton, LCSW


You know the phrase, “You have to help yourself before you can help others?” It may ring especially true for you, someone who is running on empty, trying to meet everyone else’s needs. You may question how others can put themselves first, but why can’t you?

I help people pleasers and perfectionists learn to be at peace with their own decisions without worrying about disappointing others.  My clients struggle like you do. Despite being intelligent, hard working, and deeply caring, life is hard. When they first come in, they are drained both emotionally and physically by the expectations of others. They feel worried that they won’t be able to keep this up for much longer.

They feel tense, on edge, and exhausted.  They over analyze decisions they make, past conversations that may have been misconstrued, or future interactions which they are dreading. They avoid conflict at every corner, which breeds anxiety and resentment.

Their inner critic gets in the way of the life they want in so many ways. Whether it’s at work or with family and friends, they feel imprisoned by the needs of others.

Before they come to see me, they feel guilty for being frustrated and drained. Others can give freely, why can’t they? They worry saying no will come off as though they’re being rude or lazy. But they’re running on empty and at their core, they’re miserable.

Like my clients, you deserve to put yourself first without worrying about letting down your family, friend, or boss. Feeling peaceful and fulfilled without neglecting your own needs is not out of your reach.

If you want to say no and mean it without guilt or fear I’d love to help you get there.

I’m not your typical therapist. I’m real and I’m approachable. I always bring authenticity and honesty to sessions, infused with a sense of humor. I believe you are the expert of your life- I am just trained and proficient at using natural conversation to elicit the change you are seeking.

It is important to me that all individuals feel safe, welcomed, supported, and that differences and diversity are celebrated. I believe kindness and compassion are vital when working in therapy. I will always come from a place of non-judgment since judgement has no place in therapy.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you start living the life you deserve!



Audrey graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Social Work at UNCW in 2013. While in graduate school, Audrey completed her clinical internship at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC where she had the privilege of working with individuals at the final stage of their life, as well as helping supporting those grieving their loss. After graduation, Audrey accepted a position at Coastal Horizons, working in Intensive In Home for 1.5 years and outpatient therapy for 3 years. In 2017, Audrey completed her training and certification in Trauma Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with NC-CTP, as well as training in EMDR to help those healing from trauma.

Blog Posts and Writings:

Mental Health Stigma
Five Signs You Are In a Toxic Relationship


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