Hello, my name is Dr. Cherich. I have been working in both mental health and addictions for over 15 years. Academically, I have a Ph.D. from Capella University with a focus on addictions. Graduate school at Lincoln University in counseling, a postgraduate school in counseling at John Hopkins University and a certificate program in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Arkansas has always focused on counseling and addictions, more commonly called co-occurring disorders today. My thesis in graduate school focused on “Addicted Parents in Treatment and Recovery” that was created and designed into a “Relapse Prevention Program”. My dissertation focused on “Psychosocial stress and alcohol abuse among Hispanic males”. Clinically, I have worked in several inpatient and outpatient programs in the civilian sector as well as government settings throughout the United States. During those years, I have always maintained a small clinical private practice that offered a sense of autonomy and flexibility versus a traditional clinical setting in an outpatient setting. About 10 years ago, I began to see a shift in the counseling profession and realized a need to offer guidance for our graduate students and future counselors within an internship or clinical supervision setting to acquire (3000 – 4000) hours to become eligible as an independent clinician after passing a National Counselor Examination (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCHME), depending on what state they lived. As a Board-Certified Counselor, I have found it to be very rewarding to mentor students and offer clinical supervision and consultation, This has inspired me to create and design several teaching tools in hopes of helping our future students and clinicians to easily upload materials as PDF and edit as needed. One can also access my website at cherishconsulting.com.


There are several people in my life who have helped me during the process of creating and designing this “Counselors Toolbox”.

Dr. Gaurdia Banister was my mentor while in graduate school and always inspired me to reach beyond from graduate school and achieve my PhD.in 2013.

My colleague and friend, Thuy Van-Duckett, an LCSW who has inspired me while in a doctoral program and now she is also attending a doctoral program at Capella University, the same program I attended several years earlier.

Many of my other colleagues and friends have been instrumental in encouraging me to create and design a “Counselor Toolbox” for our future Counselors. With the expertise of Renee Bobb, a writer, entrepreneur, owner of a basketball team for young women, and many other accolades.

Kudos to Dorothy Stuart, another entrepreneur who has helped me to fine tune my skill sets and develop and create a “Counselors Toolbox” and make it HAPPEN!

To my daughter, Denise and son-in-law Ryan, who have instilled encouragement, support and an inspiration in my life, and to the one and only grandson, Quinn, who will become an ENTREPRENEUR!

Dr. Cherich, a Veteran Owned Firm in Counseling and Consulting in Tennessee & Kentucky

“I’ve always thought that some of the things people suffer most from are the things they themselves are not true.” -Elvin Semrad, MD

  • Dr. Cherich is a licensed clinician in both mental health and addictions.
  • Dr. Cherich serves as a consultant/supervisor to therapists in TN/KY and maintains a small private practice.
  • Dr. Cherich offers a consulting practice that is focused on organizational development and program development.
  • Dr. Cherich provides DOT-SAP services.

Dr. Cherich completed professional training initially at Lincoln University in 1997, and post-graduate work at John Hopkins University in 2000. In 2014, Dr. Cherich attended and completed a Ph.D. program at Capella University with a concentration in mental health, addictions and immigration studies. In 2015, Carol completed a post-graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling. Initially, she began a clinical career working first with children, adolescents, and later adults, and now mostly with Employee Assistant Programs (EAP) companies and the military communities. Carol has extensive experience in community, mental health clinics and several Veterans Hospitals and addiction programs. Dr. Cherich has learned a great deal about suffering, families, parenting, creativity, resilience and organizational dynamics from all of these experiences which have served her well.

Dr. Cherich orientation to the work is characterized by an interpersonal, relational approach. My clients experience me as welcoming, encouraging, interactive, open, insightful, empathic, enjoying humor and challenging at times. Being able to entertain new ways of thinking about ourselves, our relationships, our work and our significant issues is very important since it increases ones freedom to consider new ways of seeing ourselves and strategies we can use that can be insightful, more honestly reflective of who we are and what decisions regarding our choices will take us in the best direction.

You can contact me at 301-956-3185 with your questions or to make an appointment for a consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Memberships & Certifications

  • National Board of Professional Counselors
  • National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (NAADAC)
  • Licensed in Tennessee – TN Lic # LPC/MHSP (LPC0000003996)
  • Licensed in Tennessee – TN Lic #LDC0000001188
  • Licensed in Kentucky – KY Lic #LPCC(S) – 1413
  • Licensed in Kentucky – LCADC #ADCLAD00224998
  • Licensed DOT-SAP Provider