Hi! I'm Megan and I'm new here too, so let's go on this journey together...
You are probably thinking, if she is new, why do I want to see her? Well, sit down for a second and let me tell you a story. Imagine a frustrated veteran/educator who wants to do more, wants to help in ways that she was unable to due to her position and kept looking for ways to support her students. That was me. I wanted more, and I wanted to be the adult that I needed as a kid. Eventually, the therapist at the school asked me why I didn't just go back to school and become that person. It made complete sense, right? Well just as I started going back to school, COVID hit and suddenly I had all manner of free time. As schools started to return to in person, I was faced with a substantial loss of income and a new opportunity. I entered the world of community mental health. For over the last 2 years, I have spent my time using an integrated approach with middle schoolers, high schoolers, their parents, and the schools in an effort to promote wellness. I gained experience working with various struggles, numerous diagnoses, and have helped nearly 100 families find their way to a new normal when experiencing struggles such as homicidal ideation, suicidal ideation, sexual abuse and assault, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more.
This experience has given me perspective. I believe in play, even as adults. I believe that each and every one of us deserves to find our own brand of peace, and I want to help guide you to finding your own version of peace. I believe that the right song can heal. I believe that our words have the power to change the life of those around us, even when we use them on ourselves.
Living a life authentic to our individuality is life's greatest achievement, and I would love to help you live as your authentic self.
I am LGBTQ+ affirming and will always honor your culture in how it has created who you are as an individual.
I am a therapy intern at this time, meaning that I am still in school. I have a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science with focus areas of Crisis Counseling, Family Advocacy, and Healthcare Administration from Liberty University. I am currently in my final 2 semesters of my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also at Liberty University. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
While I am new to the world of private practice, I am not new to the world of helping others. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. As previously mentioned, I was also an educator. For 13 years, I worked in several different positions in the Wentzville School District, acting as paraprofessional for a classroom aiding in educating those with significant impairments in functioning, a substitute teacher working with all ages and subject material, and finally as a building instructional assistant in a middle school offering me the opportunity to work with kids in a classroom and also aiding in de-escalation of students facing challenging situations and heightened emotions.
As a mother of 3 and a wife of 11 years, I am in the trenches with you and know how parenting and relationships can be a struggle.
I am so excited you are here and cannot wait to see the amazing things that make you who you are!