I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual, couples and group counseling with adolescents and adults incorporating an eclectic approach to therapy. I have been fortunate during my years to work with families experiencing difficulties, angry teenagers and adults struggling to meet their full potential, couples trying to grow their relationship and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and I feel grateful to see the process of growth and change that can occur. I invite you to come along and will commit to providing a place where you will be heard and supported unconditionally through this process.
Stuck? Negative thoughts at work, home, in your personal life? Learn to be become more resilient, use your strengths to cope and manage stress. Got people in your life to forgive? Turn life around to live and love with positivity and happiness. Improve your productivity at work. Yes, be that guy and kind of dad! I would be honored and happy to help. I've been there.
Are you searching for a purpose in life? Are you looking for a new direction? Are you reevaluating your priorities or going through a transition? Are you craving more meaning? You aren't the only one! All of us search, at one time or another, for the focus that engages us in our life and our work. There's no better time than now to clarify your direction and move forward with purpose!
As many differences as we all have, we all have things in common - we all have pain, and we're all made both to be healed and to heal each other. I hope to teach others to prioritize their own wellbeing because I have found when I prioritize myself that is how I help heal others. So many of us have been taught that selflessness means prioritizing everyone else first. Selflessness really means losing track of self-consciousness and ego as we pursue joy, spirituality and depth. To be selfless is freedom from guilt, shame, and self judgement.
My job as a counselor is to help empower you and to work with you to find a solution to the problems you or your family are facing; whether it be anxiety, depression, or school/job related stressors, or you’re having relationship or family issues, I am here to help. I have worked with a wide variety of clients from the ages of 10 to 45 years old using individual, couples, and family therapy. Sometimes just having a judgement free place to talk can make all the difference when life stressors are impacting your daily functioning. I am offering telemedicine (on-line counseling) during this time of quarantine.
Are you looking for a safe space to explore sexuality and/or gender identity? Are you looking for a professional who is affirmative, empathetic, and well-trained with the LBGTQIA+ community? Look no further than Mending Hearts Counseling. I believe that every client deserves a safe space where they don't have to live in fear of discrimination. Through our therapeutic relationship, we identify goals for managing stress, learning new methods of coping, and improving relationships.
What a Stressful world we are living in today! Sometimes life can feel overwhelming. In a society that values hard work over mental health, it can be difficult to carve out time for yourself. As challenging as it is, you deserve to find balance and peace in your life. There is a way to find happiness again and to improve relationships with the ones you love. It is my passion to teach self-love, acceptance, relaxation techniques, and empowerment to women, couples, and families. With this in mind, we will uncover root causes of suffering and work towards healing and solutions.
You're a mess. Your emotions are all over the place and none of your usual strategies to handle them seem to be working. It's been so long since the traumatic event happened and you thought you had successfully stuffed it down years ago... but it appears to be back. You're so tired of the disturbing dreams, flashbacks, fatigue(!), and daily mental cloudiness taking its toll, while the impact on your relationships and peace of mind is maddening. Add in well-intentioned friends and family who just seem to make you feel worse. You're desperate to feel like your normal self again but don't know where to even begin.
Life becomes too difficult; you need an objective someone to talk to, listen to your story, and provide encouragement that you can not only survive what you are going through, but work to find purpose and meaning in the midst of the storm. The most important aspect of therapy is the Client-Therapist relationship. Once it is determined that the Client is comfortable with me, then it is a collaborative effort to help facilitate the healing process through the life changes the Client faces. My job is to provide a safe place for change and growth to happen.
My specialty is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and I work best with people who experience very intense emotions that change rapidly; those who are searching for a sense of self & belonging; experience ongoing misery; those with lots of conflict or difficulty setting limits with others; and those who frequently experience passing thoughts of suicide. Many of my clients are told that they are "too intense" when they are simply trying to assert themselves. I believe that every person is doing their very best in each moment, even when "best" looks messy as hell.
I believe connecting humans back to the Earth is a source of healing. Because of this, I am exploring how to use adventure-based therapy in my work with my clients. Currently, I am able to offer therapy intensives outside, whether that’s sitting in a quiet park or hiking a local trail. Through Beyond Healing Center, I am also able to offer healing retreats using Equine Therapy on a beautiful farm. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is of utmost importance. Finding a therapist that you connect with is a difficult task and therefore, I offer a free initial appointment.
Do you feel burnt out, exhausted, or overwhelmed? If so, know that you aren't alone. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy to adults and adolescents with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and emotional eating. The process of therapy is not just “talking about your problems.” It is about building self-awareness, making changes to our thoughts and behaviors, as well as learning and practicing coping skills. Through the process, I help clients learn to cope with chronic physical health or emotional issues, manage relationship conflicts, and improve their overall well-being.
After working as a medical social worker and as an adoption social worker for multiple years, I decided to follow my dream and go into private practice. I am passionate about walking alongside families and individuals as they work through trauma, grief and loss, family transitions, parenting struggles, and other difficulties in their lives. I have extensive training in grief and loss, family therapy, trauma, attachment, play therapy, and theraplay. I am also have completed a National Adoption Mental Health Training.
Sometimes you need space that is only for you. Space for your feelings to be big, raw, and unedited while you sort through them without judgement from yourself or anyone else. Whether the issue is depression, anxiety, trauma, a life transition, relationship issues, parenting issues, sexuality/LGBTQ issues, religious abuse, or a need for personal growth, counseling can create a safe space to be authentically yourself as you sort things out.
Life can present us with many unwanted and unexpected situations. Sometimes, it can be a traumatic situation, or maybe you are dealing with a child who has become withdrawn, not speaking, and is not socializing with the family. Perhaps you have some past trauma that has not been fully explored or resolved, or anxiety about the future. Whatever the circumstances, counseling may be able to help. As an LCSW practicing in Southwest Missouri, I have worked with clients of all ages and with many different issues, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD as well as with patients experiencing past and current trauma.
Overwhelmed. Frustrated. Everyone is irritating. Can’t concentrate. Thoughts won’t stop. Sleeping is a struggle. It all just feels too hard. You are NOT alone and you do NOT have to do this alone. There is hope. I can help you learn strategies that will help you to feel more alive, free, and the person you strive to be. The decision to participate in therapy can be hard, but I am so glad you are taking those steps. Therapy can be the most liberating and insightful journey you will ever take and I would be honored to be a part of your therapeutic journey!
You have a story. A very important and unique story. Sometimes your story keeps you stuck. It keeps you from being the best version of yourself. If your story involves trauma whether from sexual abuse, divorce as an adult or child, physical or verbal abuse, relationship conflict, boundary confusion, religious confusion, natural disasters, accidents, etc, I can help you reprocess these memories and the negative things that you tell yourself. It takes a lot of strength to reach out and ask for help however, I will provide you a safe space to do just that.
As a counselor, I believe it is my role to provide a safe and compassionate space for each person that chooses to share their experience with me. My job is to help each person I see to explore past hurts, to put voice to feelings, and to help each person make meaning out of their life. It is my belief that many of us walk this world not fully allowing ourselves to come into our own, due to a fear of not being accepted and due to limiting beliefs given to us by others and society.
Depression, anxiety and addiction are often compatriots. They feed off each other and create a sense of hopelessness. Your struggle may be with substances (drugs/food), compulsive acts or obsessive thinking. However, they are often slightly different-shaped pieces to the same puzzle. Additionally, if you experienced trauma in your lifetime, you are even more susceptible to these disorders. Gratefully, there is hope and recovery for them! It is often not easy or quick, but it is doable. "God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless." -- Chester Nimitz, WWII Fleet Admiral.
If you are an adult or teenager struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma issues, self-esteem, and/or setting boundaries, I would love to help you. Couples with relational stress are welcome as I enjoy and have experience in marital/couples therapy and helping relationships succeed. Currently, I lead the Healthy Relationships group at Synergy Counseling Center. I have recently been trained in EMDR to assist clients with reduction in trauma-related symptoms resulting in overall healing. DBT is one of my specialties and I have assisted clients with learning these skills individually or in a group setting.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Springfield 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 Springfield 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.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Springfield, or Child Psychologists in Springfield.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Springfield psychologists specializing in EMDR.
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 Springfield 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.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.