About Me

Kathy Honeyman, LCSW

Here’s what happened to me 26 years ago.  I was newly married and working as a social worker—not really knowing what I was to eventually specialize in.  We had our first child, Rebecca, in October of 1989.  She was beautiful.  As time went on, it became clear she was different than most other children we knew.  Her first seizure was at 11 months, and our family’s life with a disabled child began.  Many seizures and hospitalizations followed.  This experience caught me totally by surprise and, because I had a vested interest in finding out everything I could regarding seizures and intellectual disability, I eventually chose a life path of clinical work with persons with IDD.  

Since that time, I have provided mental health services to hundreds of adults with disabilities, and in many cases, have also had the opportunity to work with their families and caregivers.  I founded several parent groups over the years, the Exceptional Parents group in New Jersey; then the Teen to Adulthood and Next Step groups in Raleigh, NC.  For 20 years, each month, guest speakers volunteered their time to speak with these groups regarding various disability issues, from the effect of disability on the family to Social Security and housing information.  I have also presented workshops on developmental disabilities to parent groups, disability professionals and agencies.  My formal education includes a MSW degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work in 1997, followed by a two-year intensive family therapy training with the Multicultural Family Therapy Institute in New Jersey, as well as a year-long traineeship with Robert Wood Johnson/UMDNJ for Disabilities.  In 2015, I earned a Certificate in Health Coaching from Duke University’s Integrated Medicine Institute in Durham, NC.

Many years ago, I was speaking with a fellow board member on one of the disability organizations I was involved with.  She said, “Why is it that every time I speak with a parent of a disabled child, all I hear is what the child CAN’T do.”  I asked her, “You’re not talking about me, are you?”  She nodded that she was!  I was shocked that I was treating my daughter this way.  As I look back on it, it should have been no surprise.  After all, the only thing a parent hears from professionals is related to what the child CAN’T do.  So, parents pick up on this. That experience changed the way I dealt with my own child, as well as the way I work with parents and adults with IDD.  I make it a point to help parents identify and share with their child all the GOOD things there is to know about them.  That has been the one gift that has stuck with me all these years.  As parents, we need to recognize and enjoy the beauty of our children.  Another wise person once said, “There is more right with our children, than wrong with them.”  I apply this philosophy to everyone I work with.  “There is more right with you, than wrong with you, and we can work together to make your life even better.”

Our son has benefited from the sage advice of Kathy Honeyman over nearly ten years. She has helped him break down problems into smaller parts that are understandable, and develop strategies to help him change behaviors. Kathy has always engaged with him respectfully to help him set goals for himself that have evolved as he has matured into adulthood. We all appreciate her role in his life. Our son knows when he is “stuck”, it’s time to meet with Kathy!

-Parent of adult client

I am so grateful that Kathy moved to North Carolina and provide exceptional services for our families. Kathy is very knowledgeable and she understand the issues we face. Kathy will also provide great options and solutions because....Kathy truly cares for our families. Life would not be the same without you Kathy. Thank you for who you are and all you do!

-Parent of adult client

My 23-year-old daughter has participated in multiple small group sessions with Kathy Honeyman. When the most recent session was over, she told me there is another session beginning in the fall and she wanted to attend.  When I asked why she said, "I like going to see Mrs. Honeyman and my friends." Meeting with a group of peers has helped my daughter to understand that others have some of the same struggles she has.

-Group Participant mother

Our son has worked with Kathy on both an individual and group setting. Because of her work with him, we have seen a great improvement in both his coping and social skills.

-Bryan S.

My meetings with Kathy Honeyman and the group of other participants over the past year have helped me learn how to make and keep friends, socialize with my coworkers, and understand more about personal relationships.

-Ryan A, Raleigh.

Several of the individuals I support have attended counseling sessions with Kathy Honeyman. She is incredibly person centered and works with each individual to address their specific need. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Kathy to individuals, parents and other service providers.

-Ann Chludzinski, QP, Residential Support Services

With over 40 years of experience as a professional in the IDD field, I have not associated with anyone who is more dedicated to the assurance of human rights and dignity than Kathy Honeyman. Because of this she is able to connect to the people she counsels in a very practical and effective way that makes them feel safe and promotes self worth

-Rick Chappell, Executive Director, Residential Support Services of Wake County, Inc.

Kathy Honeyman is an integral part of the ID world.She has many years of experience with working with this population, and this reflects in the services she provides. She has a true understanding of the issues this population faces.She upholds high morals and ethics and truly sees her clients as they are.She empowers individuals, helping to improve their lives and also helps them understand abstract concepts like accountability which helps foster motivation for healthy changes. She uses a whole systems approach and is strength-based in her practice.She also facilitates appropriate social groups on topics important to this population which further elicits motivation for change through peer support and professional guidance.I only wish we had more Kathys in the world!

-Denise Monkovich, QP

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