Alan Harper, MSW, LCSW
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, where I was a wrestler, bowling team captain, and founder of my high school’s environmental science club. I moved to Chapel Hill for my undergraduate studies where I earned a degree in psychology and an underwater hockey national championship. Before graduate school, I took a year off to captain sailboats in the Caribbean and to suffer through substitute teaching and coaching middle schoolers.
During my undergraduate studies, I worked in a psychology lab helping with different studies focused on treating psychotic disorders. Through this work and through my classes, I realized that I wanted to pursue psychotherapy as a career. I really appreciate getting to know people as a whole person rather than just as a set of psychological characteristics. I found that social work has a strong emphasis on that, so I went back to UNC to earn my master’s degree in social work.
My first job out of graduate school was a post master’s fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder, working full time in their student counseling center. I then moved to Tarboro, NC where I spent a year working on an assertive community mental health team. From there, I transitioned to the position of Director of Counseling and Disability Services at North Carolina Wesleyan College. After a few years in rural, eastern North Carolina, my wife and I decided that we wanted to get back to the triangle and I decided to open this practice in Durham.