Having worked as a LCSW for over 24 years, I assist my clients in identifying the strengths and skills they already possess. Then strive to work with them to find practical skills that fit their lifestyle and are useful in helping them reach the goals they have set for themselves towards a much happier and peaceful life.
My goal is to give you 100 percent every time you set foot in my office. I want you to know, without a doubt, from the time you become my client, that I care about your outcome and will do everything within my ability to assist in helping you make the needed changes that will get you where you want to be. I got into this business for several reasons. One is because I love Psychology. Another reason is because I love being part of a positive change in this world. The third reason is because I love helping people. I truly believe this is what was meant for me to do with my life. I absolutely do what I love and love what I do.
Depression, anxiety, trauma, self-image, anger, relationships, life changes -- all of these issues are part of the human condition. But to resolve these needs alone can be a very difficult journey. I have many years of counseling experience helping others to have a better understanding of their problems and how to best move forward to find some answers. Most individuals need to be heard and understood by an unbiased person. They need relief from the painful issues at hand. I've continued to receive training to keep up-to-date on the latest strategies, but it's my belief that developing a trusting, caring relationship is essential.
Has life been overwhelming during this pandemic? I know it can be hard dealing with constant overthinking and uncertainty. Are you looking for solutions? Do you feel like nobody understands you or wants to listen? Or maybe you have a hard time dealing with your emotions? Your first step is to THINK about what you want and need. Second step is to TALK about your issues and concerns. Third step is to RELEASE what you need to allow yourself to be in a different space.
Just by reading this, you are showing your strength and courage to take the first step to speak with a therapist. For many people, it is a scary step to make and keep a counseling appointment. People often worry and wonder things like, what will counseling be like, what will the therapist ask me, and will therapy really help me? When I meet you, I will commend you for your courage to come to counseling and we will discuss what brings you to counseling. Then we will make what I call a counseling GPS. This is a plan of how to get from where you are to where you want to be (through counseling).
My ideal client is struggling with accessing the answers to their discontent. They need a safe environment without fear of judgment, an environment that fosters self acceptance and growth. Their goals are to feel significant, valid, contributory, and in control of their thoughts and feelings. They want relief from their discontent in order have personal growth.
At Merriott Counseling Services, PLLC., my hope is for you to feel listened to/validated and, free to share your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive atmosphere. I aspire to help you realize you are not alone and change is possible. I genuinely care for my clients and desire to aid them in finding and developing the tools to help them thrive in life. I know it is hard to reach out for help, however it will be one of the best decisions you have ever made for yourself. At least try 1 session to begin the journey in giving yourself back to you and your loved ones.
At times we need an outside perspective, and maybe just someone to listen to us, when life seems hard or complicated. My counseling style is warm, friendly, and, above all, genuine. EMDR trained, with a holistic/integrative therapy approach. In order to tailor treatment to each client's needs, I tend to pull from various tenets and modalities of evidence-based therapies. I focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and understand the mind-body connection; I am also trained in EMDR for trauma treatment.
Life can be hard; there are times when we all need a little help with life’s problems and challenges. Taking the step to see a therapist can be like opening a new door. I have a deep respect for the individual human spirit and a true belief in the therapeutic relationship as a means of creating change. I simply want to help anyone who wants to be helped.
I specialize in treating grief and trauma, using EMDR in matters of unresolved disturbance. Whether someone suffers physical pain, anxiety, or the inability to sleep due to nightmares or disruptive memories, eye movement desensitization reprocessing can help alleviate the trauma of PTSD to help put the pieces of one’s life together following a disturbing event. Trauma takes many different forms as does healing, and healing disturbance is as individual as the individual him/herself. The best part of working with clients is helping to restore joy and insight to the client’s vision for life.
I see myself as an emotional fitness trainer. I can help you fine tune your communications skills, work on assertiveness, and improve self-esteem. I enjoy couple's work--helping each learn to understand and meet the other's needs, therefore enhancing the satisfaction of both.
I can help stressed and depressed individuals learn ways to take better care of themselves as they begin to listen to their bodies.
I have over 20 years experience as an Employee Assistance Professional, specializing in solution-focused therapy.
Thank You for your interest in my practice and taking the first step to healing and wellness. I specialize in assisting others with healing from the effects of trauma, eating disorders, and other problems in living (anxiety, grief, and depression). I believe that each individual, family, and community can heal from trauma, and other associated issues, to reach our full potential and live a valued, meaningful life.
If you are someone who experienced a difficult childhood/early adulthood, I can probably guess a bit about you. You’re painfully hard on yourself…You feel like you are going crazy…You feel like you can’t trust yourself or anyone else and you wonder when those sleepless nights will ever end. There is another way! You can start to believe that you are ENOUGH and you MATTER! My 'heartbeat' is to guide women to find emotional freedom!
I am a seasoned, client-centered counselor with a thirty-three year work history that began in the U.S. Army. My work experience includes but is not limited to the following: Supervisory and management skills in clinical settings and program development. Extensive experience in counseling and case management for the following: offender populations; military and veteran populations; persons suffering from co-occurring disorders and brain injury; youth's suffering from emotional disturbance and substance abuse problems; persons suffering from anger disorders, mental illness, domestic violence, family systems and suicidality.
Rationally, you know you want to make a change. But emotionally you're stuck. You just can't get yourself to move forward and you may not know why. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or grief, you sense you need more than insight alone to achieve lasting change.
If you are in a crisis or life storm, and left feeling helpless, hopeless, or disappointed; there is HOPE. No matter what stage of life you are going through, or how scary the feelings and situations can be, brainspotting can help. I have been trained in brainspotting and have seen firsthand the healing it can bring. Our brains our powerful and unique, but often store unfinished business and unprocessed trauma which leaves emotional scars inside or even physical pain. But with this approach, you can leave feeling relieved and hopeful with quick responses.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS STATEWIDE! Life can knock you down and leave you feeling overwhelmed and not sure which way is up. I view therapy as a collaboration between you and I, working together to achieve the goals you would like to accomplish, rediscover your strengths, and develop healthier ways of coping and interacting with others. I teach skills to help you make positive changes while also identifying strengths you already possess to find hope among the ashes and restore balance in your life. My ideal client wants to work on: anxiety, stress, boundaries, assertiveness skills, depression, people-pleasing, codependency.
We all have times that events take a toll on us mentally and emotionally. In some aspect we may try to push them down or avoid the existence of the issue. Maybe we have associations of weakness or feelings of inadequacy if we acknowledge those feelings or issues. I’m an LPC, CFRC with 12 years previous experience as an EMT and Volunteer Firefighter. I am EMDR level 1 & 2 trained for trauma and PTSD therapy. Beyond responder therapy, I have experience with sexual abuse, codependency work, healing the inner child, and promoting your own self-worth.
NOW OFFERING LIMITED EVENING APPOINTMENTS! When working with a therapist, you deserve individualized, personal service in a relaxed, comfortable environment. You will find help and support at Evans Counseling Center. I specialize in individual, couples and family therapy. With years experience as a therapist, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma therapy, adult survivor's of childhood sexual abuse, depression, and anxiety, I am currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Hot Springs are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Hot Springs then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Hot Springs specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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