Steele Creek Charlotte, NC youth athletics and sports. Soccer, softball, baseball and cheerleading. Ages from 3 to 16 years old. SCAA is community athletic since 1958.

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 Meet Coach Dawn Holmes, M.Ed., MMLIS, LCMHCA, CFLE  

As a clinical mental health counselor, Dawn Holmes seeks to provide a safe and welcoming space for clients to begin the healing process. Her therapeutic approach focuses on the whole person by way of the eight domains of wellness physical, mental, social, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, financial, and environmental. Dawn's counseling style includes a person-centered approach while also utilizing other styles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that fit the client's needs. Dawn has counseling experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a psychiatric hospital, private practice, as well as working with young adults in a college counseling center. Her diverse experiences bring understanding with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, spirituality, family dynamics, LGBTQIA+, and life transitions.

Dawn is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She is passionate about assisting families with establishing and maintaining positive relationships with one another.

Dawn and her husband have been together for over twenty years where they have raised six children. They have been able to balance the needs and the active lifestyle of the kid's ages ranging from 8 to 20, through teamwork and communication. Whether in education or community engagement this balance is always in practice and has allowed them to meet the needs of the family.


University of Western States, Doctor of Education (EdD) Positive Leadership & Administration Concentration, 2023

NC State University, Master of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences, 2020

Wake Forest University, Master of Arts in Counseling, 2018

University of Southern California, Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) 2015

University of Cincinnati, Master of Education (M.Ed.) 2013

Awards & Certificates


The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement (SCLA) - 2021

Chi Sigma Iota - The International Honor Society for Counselors - 2017

Golden Key International Honour Society - 2013

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society - 2011

The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society - 2011



Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) 2021

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) 2020


The Steele Creek Athletic Association (SCAA) Community Counseling Center will offer coaching and counseling.  Sessions are 45 minutes and will cost $45 per session.  Payments can be made through the registration portal, the same way families register for sports.  Click to register and add the necessary information such as name, contact information, and emergency contacts.  Once the process is completed, Dawn will be notified and contact families to schedule an appointment.  If you are not contacted within 2 business days, please send an email to .  In person coaching and counseling, as well as telehealth options are available.   

Coaching vs Counseling

Coaching focuses on creating goals and holding the client accountable for their progress.  This entails structure, encouragement, and support.  Coaches provide an ongoing partnership with their clients that produces fulfilling results in their personal lives.  Through coaching the goal is to assist the client in discovering future success that they can construct themselves after several sessions.  

Counseling is a deeper exploration in a safe and supportive space.  Together we will uncover emotional resolutions and healing solutions.  This is where the client begins to have more clarity about what they want in their life.  Counseling is not a one or two session fix but a long-term commitment.  Dawn suggests 6-8 sessions, once per week and then recommends checking in either every other week or once a month moving forward.