Therapist:

                                                                                       

Mikah Watford, MAC, LPC-Intern, LCDC

/ Supervised by: Dr. Melissa Pettit, LPC-S, LCDC/

 Education:

  • St Marys University, Doctorate of counselor education in supervision, August 2017- present (Currently enrolled)
  • Texas A&M University San Antonio, Masters of counseling , Mental health, 2014- 2016
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, 2005-2013

 Clinical Experiences:

  • Starlite Recovery Center, drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children
  • Parent Educator, The Children's Shelter

 My Counseling Approach:

I believe that you have the wisdom to know what you need for healing. It is my job as your counselor to be your guide and companion as you find those solutions that work for you. I do that through creating an environment that encourages your own personal growth. This environment includes an unconditional positive guard for the client, non-judgement and empathy. This is also known as "person centered" approach to therapy.

There are times when a person can benefit from support in addition to a positive environment for healing and growth. When it fits the individuals therapy goals I also integrate narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Dialectical behavioral therapy skills is yet another approach I am comfortable with accessing.  Psycho-education is also important in my therapeutic relationships with clients. Counseling should not be a mysterious process. I share with you techniques and information I have learned that would be beneficial to your counseling goals as well as the evidence and research to support why it could be helpful to you.

Most importantly, when I establish a therapeutic relationship with a client I listen to understand what you truly hope to gain from therapy. Together as part of your treatment team we discuss which of your goals are most important to you. Most important Is that we move in the direction of your therapeutic goals, and adjust those goals when needed.

Areas of Clinical Interest and Focus

Individual therapy

group therapy

anxiety

depression

male and female survivors of sexual trauma

trauma

borderline personality disorder

bi-polar disorder

childhood trauma

grief and loss

substance abuse

gender identity issues

sexual orientation issues

LGBTQ

Divorce

Adolescents & teens

abuse & neglect

Self harm

mindfulness

dialectical behavioral therapy

rage reduction techniques

*Hablo espanol

Professional Associations

             Texas Counseling Association