Therapist:

Trish Leaver, MAC, LPC-Intern

|Supervised by:  Dr. Mee-Gaik Lim, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, AAMFT-S|

      Education:

    • Northcentral University: in progress, Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Wayland Baptist University: 2015-2017, Masters of Arts in Counseling
    • Northcentral University: 2011-2014, Bachelors of Arts Psychology/Minor in Criminal Justice

Clinical Experience:

    • Wayland Baptist University Student Mentor/Counselor (Volunteer)
    • Leon Valley Baptist Church Wounded Spirits (PTSD Group)
    • Abiding Hope Institute of Christian Counseling

My Counseling Approach:

Sometimes life throws us curve balls and with those hiccups in life come struggles in which we all need help.  I believe that it is in those moments when turning to others is key to helping one heal and move forward with their lives.  As a counselor, I see strength in seeking counseling for oneself, because that takes courage on your part to step outside of your box and seek help.  My first goal in establishing a therapeutic relationship is to be completely open and honest with my client that leads to the development of trust.  Providing a safe environment, privacy, and confidentiality is something I strive to maintain in helping my client's in their walk through this counseling journey. 

Empathy and compassion are strong characteristic foundations that help me to understand my client’s needs.  As a clinician, I am always seeking information to help my clients with issues they struggle with.  I walk the path with every client and I strive to help each person individually.  I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and as such I specialize in trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I also integrate other therapeutic techniques as an "Eclectic" approach to help my clients navigate through their core struggles in a healthy adaptive means.  My goal is to promote a strong partnership that leads to client growth and healing.

As a military "brat" and now a military wife, I understand the military lifestyle and all that this entails.  Being immersed in the military culture my whole life has given me a better understanding about the trials and tribulations our military, families, and first responders deal with on a daily basis.  I am very passionate about helping those who suffer with PTSD and trauma related issues and believe that The Lord has laid this on my heart to help.  My experiences throughout life have shown me that compassion and empathy are powerful tools to help lead others to healing.

It takes courage to take that first step towards counseling, I hope to be able to walk this step with you.  

Areas of Clinical Interest and Focus

Post-Traumatic Stress (Combat or other traumatic experience)

Active Duty & Veterans

Military Families

Anxiety

Suicidal Ideation/Prevention

ADHD

Bipolar & Depression

Military Transition

Marriage Counseling

Couples

Organizations and Associations:

American Counseling Association

Leon Valley Baptist Church Wounded Spirits