Credentials and Experience

Dr. Giordano earned a Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) in 1996 and a Doctor of Rehabilitation (RhD) from SIUC in 1999. Dr. Giordano completed a post-doctoral fellowship in human behavioral pharmacology and the behavioral economics of drug addiction from the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington in 2001. In 2005, the North Carolina State Board conferred his Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential: license number 5096. In 2006, the National Board of Certified Counselors recognized Dr. Giordano as having met high standards in his training, experience, and performance on the National Counselor Examination by recognizing him as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC # 215987). Finally, the International board of Christian Counselors has certified that Dr. Giordano meets their stringent standards for excellence in Christian Counseling by recognizing him as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC #0063). Dr. Giordano was among the first 100 BCPCC within this international community of Professional Christian Counselors.

In addition to his academic, research and clinical training, Dr. Giordano’s life experiences provide him with first-hand insight and compassion for people who have experienced the trauma of life threatening illness, death of children, caregiver stress associated with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, pain), Alzheimer’s disease and marrital problems requiring counseling.

At the Durham VA Medical Center, Dr. Giordano served as a counselor and study coordinator at the Durham VA for a clinical trial treating veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Giordano has held an Assistant Professor appointment at Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 2001 through 2007. At Duke he served as Principal Investigator on two National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials studying (1) smoking cessation among adults dependent on illicit drugs, and (2) adults with chronic low back pain.

He has provided individual, and group counseling services for a variety of mental disorders since 1995. Over the course of his professional training at SIUC, UVM, and his experience at Duke University, Dr. Giordano has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and with a variety of client populations including adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and persons with chronic pain, mental illness, acquired brain injury, and substance use disorders. He has ample experience and a particular interest in treating individuals with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, impulsivity disorders, insomnia, addiction, chronic pain or marital problems. Christian values guide Dr. Giordano’s life and clinical practice. He is a member in good standing in the Society for Christian Psychology, the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Christian Care Network, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has served a diverse group of clients and works well with individuals regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, or ethnicity. Should you determine for any reason that another therapeutic relationship might be more suitable for meeting your needs, Dr. Giordano will humbly guide you through the process of securing another counselor that may better meet your needs.