Supervised by Elizabeth Grady, LCMHCS
Get to know Nina
Hi! My name is Nina Sherrod and I have dedicated my adult life to learning about human development and behavior. I love to be “solution focused”, and “figure it out”. Part of what fostered this love of learning was growing up in rural Granville County on a family farm. My job as the smallest person in the family was to feed all of the baby animals. While I did that, I would teach them little tricks and I enjoyed seeing the results! As I grew, so did my love of teaching. I have learned over time that with the right support, people can do really incredible things! My childhood was not an easy one, but it taught me to creatively solve problems and look for ways to adapt and find resolution. I began my higher learning journey at Peace College (now William Peace University), and excelled in the arts. The summer of 2000, I went to Europe to sing in various cathedrals and concert halls. This was a really big deal for someone like me who had grown up on a farm, teaching cats, dogs, cows and horses to do tricks! It remains one of my fondest memories! While I still like to sing and act, I now prefer to sing in the car! At the age of 21 I spent some time in Ecuador, South America. I learned the culture, and the language while I taught English to all age groups. The variety of people who took classes from me taught me to be flexible, persistent and creative with learning styles. When I came home from Ecuador, I started teaching people with Autism both in the school system and in the community.
The birth of my daughter in 2005 made me think about the struggles I had as a child and I wanted to give her the best life I could. I wanted to learn everything about human development that I could. This course of study lent itself well to continuing to teach people with disabilities. I spent a great deal of time with people in their homes, teaching problem solving. As a result, I have developed almost a sixth sense with regard to behavior. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Child Development with a concentration in Health Professions and started working at the Autism Society of North Carolina as a Qualified Professional.
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family, baking, and eating! I have enjoyed every aspect of my work and I look forward to meeting you and helping you find resolution to your stuck problems. I love helping people figure out what coping skills they have and teaching them new skills to keep in their “toolbox”. I recently and successfully completed Dialectical Behavior Skills training and I can’t wait to share the skills with you and your family!