My professional helping career began when my maternal grandmother passed away in 2003.
Her death, though traumatic, contributed to my college return and propelled me to complete an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a major in psychology.
Upon graduation, I worked as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist, teaching social and anger management skills to adults and children. Graduate studies immediately followed and in 2007, I received a master's degree in social work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
After completing 4,000 hours of post-graduate clinical supervision, and passing the National American Social Work Board clinical exam, I became licensed to practice psychotherapy in Oklahoma.
Since then, I've been fortunate enough to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment to countless clients in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings.
Both professionally and personally, I consider myself to be a lifetime student who is constantly searching for new opportunities to learn, grow, and appreciate the world around me.
Bachelor of Arts; Major Psychology, 2004
Master of Social Work, 2007
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, OK License, 2011- present #4249
Certified, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, 2010 - 2016
DOT Substance Abuse Professional 2015 - present
Certified Mental Health First-Aid 2018
Oklahoma ADSAC DUI Facilitator, Straight & Narrow DUI Services, Cert. #3655
Special Areas of Interest
Additional Areas of Practice
Lack of Motivation
A goal-directed approach focusing on current problems, building solutions to those problems by utilizing client strengths.
Increases understanding of how past and present thoughts and feelings influence behaviors.
Creates a climate of unconditional positive regard, allowing the client to express feelings without fear of rejection.
Identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. Skill building to help cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.
Clients learn practical and positive behavioral skills to improve their present life circumstance.
If you find yourself struggling with an issue not listed above, contact Misti for consult or referral purposes.