Get to Know Dalziel Reliford-Stone, MA, LPCC-S (She|Her)

Dalziel Reliford-Stone sitting

Embedded Counselor, College-Conservatory of Music and College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Design

Dalziel Reliford-Stone (she|her|hers) is an LPCC-S embedded clinician in The College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and Design Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

 She graduated from the Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a B.A. in English. She also earned a M.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. As a former board-certified chaplain, she developed skills in death, dying, grief, bereavement, and end of life issues. Always curious about religion and spirituality, Dalziel’s interest was focused on spiritual expressions and how people utilize religious and spiritual practices to aid their mental health. Dalziel completed an M.A. in Counseling at Xavier University. She worked as a school-based therapist and was an embedded nursing home clinician where she focused on substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and advocacy. As the embedded clinician for CCM and DAAP, Dalziel hopes to work with students and staff about embracing authenticity, self-acceptance, and wholeness.

Dalziel’s therapeutic approach is general and broad to meet people where they are and achieves this by focusing on therapeutic relationship. Dalziel’s primary focus is to provide a safe place for validation, affirmation and acceptance and she is influenced by the Humanist theories as well as Reality Therapy. She hopes to help clients to become empowered to claim their identity to live their authentic truth. Dalziel views herself as an encourager and promoter of students in pursuit of the best version of themselves.

Why did I become a counselor: I became a counselor because I wanted to create a non-judgmental, non-anxious, safe, and confidential place for those in distress to fully express themselves. I wanted to validate and affirm people’s feelings without imparting my own biases or expectations.

My favorite movie about mental health and why: Nuts with Barbra Streisand is my favorite movie about mental health because often, there is a root cause for maladaptive expression. I enjoy processing how and why people do what they do to get their needs met.

What I do to take care of myself after a challenging day/time/situation: I am an avid lover of music. My favorite genres are Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Reggae. I like to watch movies and television shows. I enjoy spending time with friends. Ultimately, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my two children. We love embarking on a Stone Family Adventure! It is a major plus when off-roading is involved.

Coping skills I recommend to clients that I use myself: Laughter, deep breathing, positive self-talk (you can do this), and being authentic; being willing to weigh the pros and cons of relationships and evaluating how the relationship affects one’s thoughts and feelings about themselves.