Hi, I am Margaret Donald (she/her) a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Cary NC. I am a holistic counselor whose passion is helping people. For me counseling is so much more than “just listening to your problems” it is teaching you to advocate for yourself, set boundaries, allow your feelings and learn to love yourself.
When I think about my ideal client the first thing that comes to mind are people who are either very unapologetically authentically themselves OR who want to be. If I could do one thing in this world it would be to remove the negativity associated with the word WEIRD because I love being weird and people who are weird!
When I graduated from Walden University and I started ADAC, 10 years ago, I wanted it to be a warm, safe and comfortable space where ALL people could feel welcomed. It works out great that I’m in a little red house in the woods that has been converted into office space. The walkway down to the office can give you a few minutes to decompress and breathe in nature before and after your session. Need a little grounding? Go ahead, stop and hug that tree, we won't judge. In fact I’ll join you.
Over the past 10 years I have been afforded the opportunity to work with people who identify as LGBTQ+, neurodivergent individuals, and BIPOC people. Sometimes it was for depression, anxiety or self esteem. Other times it was joining them on a journey to find and become their authentic selves. I take great pride in being allowed to take their journey with them.
If you have ever felt marginalized or unseen/unheard I am the counselor for you. If you are looking for empathy, support and to be challenged so you achieve your greatest self, I am the counselor for you. If you have ever felt weird or been told you are weird, I am the counselor for you. If you are looking for CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or solution focused therapy I am the counselor for you. If you like magic the gathering, DnD, Marvel movies, and all types of music, I am the counselor for you. If you believe in Aliens, bigfoot, and ghost, I am MOST DEFINITELY the counselor for you.
Because I firmly believe that the key to your success in counseling is the therapeutic relationship, I make the first consultation free. By doing this you are able to meet me, ask me questions, and determine if I am a good fit for your needs. Contact me today to schedule your free initial consultation or to ask me any questions @ Margaret.Donald@adifferentattitude.com
Hi my name is Amy Brunson, Business Manager here at A Different Attitude Counseling located in the heart of Cary, NC.
I have 6 years of experience in the health care industry and coming up on 4 years of leadership experience. I have been working at ADAC since the pandemic in 2020. A little-known fun fact is that A Different Attitude Counseling has grown into a family-owned business. Margaret Donald is the owner of this beautiful counseling company and she just so happens to be my Mother-in-law. She needed someone to help her keep up with the growing demand for connection and guidance in 2020. I stepped up to help her handle all of the back-end responsibilities such as billing, insurance claims, client intake, employee payroll, even getting her set up from a sole prop to a PLLC, among other things. This was vital to ensure that Margaret was able to focus on providing the best possible care for her clients in such an unknown time. I am so happy to be a part of this team and even happier that I get to work with family.
When I am not typing away at my computer I am carpooling my two beautiful kids to and from school and daycare. They are 2 and 5 and they sure keep me busy! I am also a wife to a wonderful man and we are high school sweethearts that have been married for 13 years and together for 16 years. Sometimes I consider couples counseling when he forgets to unload the dishwasher and guess what? I would do it here!
My family and friends know that I am a ride or die Harry Potter fan…and yes, I purchased Harry Potter bedding for my children. They would also tell you that I have a warm personality and like to keep a positive attitude. The cup is always half full in my head. I like to strive to be someone that our client’s can come to if they are facing hardship and I will not stop until we have reached a solution that fits everyone’s needs.
I am so glad you stumbled upon our website! Let's get you set up with a free consultation so you can meet one of our counselors in our serene little red house in the woods.
For inquiries and scheduling, email me at AmyBrunson@adifferentattitude.com
**Accepting new clients**
Hello! I am Glenn, a student at Northwestern’s School of Counseling studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am interning at A Different Attitude Counseling in Cary, North Carolina.
I am passionate about supporting people who experience anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia, and grief. My ideal clients are people who are seeking to understand themselves better and work towards acceptance, compassion, and freedom when it comes to their internal dialogue.
Being a therapist has always been a dream of mine due to how positively impactful it is when you are truly seen, valued, and heard by another individual. I believe that, together, we can work to create a space where you feel safe, validated, and accepted so that the spaces you occupy outside of the therapy room can be moved into with more ease.s.
For inquiries and scheduling, email me at
Hello! I am Brooke, a graduate student at Wake Forest University in the Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I am passionate about counseling and helping people, specifically people who are working through trauma, anxiety, the challenges of parenting, and those who are pregnant or working to become pregnant. My ideal clients are either a child, adolescent or young adult who is working through trauma or experiencing anxiety associated with the challenges of this stage of life. Additionally, an ideal client of mine is someone who is entering/experiencing the world of parenthood.
I am so excited to pursue my dreams of helping people through counseling - a dream that was inspired by a counselor I had as a child who changed my life. I hope to be that same positive force for each of my clients. I am honored to be able to hold space for the challenging emotions that come with each stage of a client's life, and I work to foster an environment in which my clients can come to counseling as their most authentic self and be met with compassion, empathy and unconditional acceptance.
I am Joelle Brunson, from "the bullcity" Durham NC, and I am the Marketing and Social Media manager at A Different Attitude Counseling. I came here in 2023 to advertise and promote the company’s core values, which I love! Everyone here makes my job easy because they are fun and caring and don’t take themselves too seriously.
Since beginning here I have updated the Instagram click here to check it out and also developed a Tiktok click here for some laughs. I encourage you to follow us on those platforms to get your daily dose of mental wellness inspiration.
In my other life I am the owner and a massage therapist at Moon & Flora in Greensboro, NC, which I also love. I guess the helping profession just runs in the family. Speaking of family I have 2 beautiful girls ages 4 and 2 and another baby girl on the way! Being a mom is one of my greatest joys and sometimes real parenting challenges. I am sure some of you other moms and dads out there know exactly what I am talking about!
I like to think I am a positive person and keep positive energy around me as much as possible. I am an avid lover of plants and growing veggies and flowers every chance I get. I love doing yoga and even get my girls in on it when they let me. I like to include my girls in everything I do to encourage them to be bold, free spirited women with high self-worth as they get grow.
The main reason I enjoy working at A Different Attitude Counseling is because I know that these women care and put their all into supporting people who are challenged with mental health issues. I see their passion when they talk about it and how they strive to make each client feel valued. You can’t go wrong choosing us for your mental health needs.
For more information or to schedule your free initial consultation email Info@adifferentattitude.com