I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW). I am also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certified therapist.
My experience includes working with a broad range of issues, as well as a diverse group of clients. I have experience working with clients in individual, group and marital counseling. I work exclusively with clients ages 18 and older, and individuals from varying ethnic backgrounds. Some of the issues I have worked with include: depression, anxiety, infertility, grief and loss, parenting, blended family, marital/relationship conflict, stress, substance abuse, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I do not prescribe medications. If you are under current medical treatment, I will work in cooperation with your doctor(s). If medical treatment is needed, I will recommend competent medical personnel and work in cooperation with them towards your best interests.
The Counseling Process I Follow
Counseling takes place in the context of a helping relationship in which the therapist works with the client to resolve an issue, change behavior or foster personal growth and awareness.
During the counseling process, you may experience some emotional discomfort related to your issues that can be caused by powerful emotions that are normally either consciously or subconsciously avoided. This psychological pain is a normal part of the growth process towards healing.
After my initial assessment, goals will be established and we will periodically evaluate progress towards attaining those goals. Throughout counseling, I may give homework assignments. I believe your attention to these assignments is just as important as the time we spend in our counseling sessions.
As a Christian counselor, my beliefs inform my practice. But I also understand that not everyone professes to be a Christian. I will never require you to believe the same as I do. But keep in mind that all of our beliefs influence our lives (they in fact drive our actions) and as such, my beliefs influence my counsel. To that end, I will incorporate into my counsel the timeless truths of scripture and the hope that can be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Call Leigh today at 501-295-6385 to schedule an appointment.