Dr. Kamala Uzzell
Kamala L. Uzzell, Ph.D., LCMHCS, NCC is a national board-certified counselor and licensed professional counselor supervisor with more than twenty years of clinical and higher education experience. She is the Founder of SOLAY Counseling & Consulting, P.C., and a Senior Consultant of Search Assessment for POLIHIRE. Additionally, Dr. Uzzell is an adjunct instructor of Psychology at North Carolina Central University and The University of Mount Olive, and has previously served as an adjunct instructor of Counseling at both Campbell University and N.C. State University.
Dr. Uzzell has lived out her passion for mental health and wellness by working to alter the negative perceptions surrounding mental illnesses and psychotherapy by founding, owning and operating SOLAY Counseling & Consulting, P.C. Since SOLAY’s inception in 2009, it has served over 2000 clients and has offered educational events and resources for the community. These events have brought awareness to mental illnesses, their symptoms and treatments.
Dr. Uzzell’s primary focus in counseling sessions is on tailoring each session to her client’s needs so that they are empowered, the sessions are more relevant to them, and the client understands that she is there to assist them in accomplishing their goals. She also works to alter the negative perceptions surrounding mental health disorders and psychotherapy.
Dr. Uzzell’s professional experience includes work at North Carolina Central University School of Law, North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Campbell University, the University of Mount Olive and Durham Technical Community College. She has served in leadership roles, such as Assistant Dean of Student Development, Director of Workforce Development, Director of Career Services, and Director of Wellness.
Additionally, she has keynoted at multiple professional events, conducted several professional leadership development and diversity workshops and is certified in administering the EQ-i 2.0 / EQ 360. Dr. Uzzell has presented at several local and national conferences, and has been featured on The BOSS Network and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as a guest therapist on the television show Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal. Furthermore, Dr. Uzzell has written several mental health-related blogs, and has been presented with awards for her contributions to the community and to the counseling and psychology profession.
Dr. Uzzell attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from Campbell University and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.