Q&A with Daniela Williams

Get to know one of CFLC’s newest Board members, Daniela Williams.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
 Frederick Douglass

I am honored to be highlighted during this time, especially since April is Counseling Awareness Month.

How did you learn about the Cape Fear Literacy Council? I would see the Cape Fear Literacy Council buildings and bulletins as a teenager growing up in Wilmington. As I rode by the Literacy Council, it appeared to be this lone, mysterious place in my neighborhood. It wasn’t until I was an adult and working as an educational consultant that I was made aware of the work that was done there. I never got the chance, but it was an aspiration of mine to participate in the Spelling Bees that were held in previous years.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? My favorite thing to do in Wilmington is to take long walks in our beautiful parks. My favorite park to walk is Long Leaf Park. Wilmington’s green space is precious, and I hope we are able to retain more of this green space.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Remember you’re married to your purpose and not a career/job.” I have received this from multiple people, and it has stuck with me.

What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now? I am working on a short book. I’m not quite ready to share the topic, but I am pretty excited about this process!

What is one thing a person can do to become more literate about mental health and therapy? The best way to learn more about mental health is to reach out to a counselor/therapist. However, if you would like to learn more about therapy, you can research SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), The National Council for Behavioral Health, or NIMH.GOV (National Institute of Mental Health).

Daniela Williams is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Educational Consultant located in Wilmington, NC. She is available as a psychotherapist and educational consultant for those needing a little assistance traversing life’s challenges. Daniela works with young adults and adults who are managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and life transitions. 

Before establishing her private practice and working with area non-profits, Daniela worked for more than 15 years in secondary and higher education and as an educational consultant. After a successful career in education, Daniela now works full-time as a psychotherapist, assisting families in navigating the public and private education system.

Daniela enjoys writing and reading. She is currently serving in her first term on the Board of Directors at the Cape Fear Literacy Council.