Holly has had a rich and full career as a counselor over the last 19 years and is excited to become a part of the Crossroads Counseling family. Holly graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a psychology degree and subsequently trained at Georgia State University, where she earned her Master of Science in Community Counseling and concurrently graduated from Psychological Studies Institute, now known as Richmond Graduate University, with a diploma in Christian Counseling. Holly is licensed as a professional counselor, is a board-approved supervisor in Oklahoma, and is also licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Indiana. Prior to returning to Oklahoma in August of 2017, Holly worked with college students in career development. This rewarding experience led her to develop a specialty in Career Counseling while serving as Assistant Director of the Valparaiso University Career Center for 12 years. Holly developed a passion for helping clients develop holistically and learn about their strengths, gifts, skills, and passions that will ultimately point them toward a rewarding life and career.
Before working at the Valparaiso University Career Center, Holly worked as a counselor in private practice, in a nursing home with the elderly, in a county-run community-counseling center with youth and families, and in the state hospital for youth and adolescents. As you can see, Holly has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. Holly’s approach to therapy is best described as “eclectic”; primarily guided by her training in Adlerian therapy. Holly also uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and supportive therapy as best suits the individual patient’s needs. Psychotherapy is dialogue, not advice; and has the ultimate aim of helping the patient increase self-awareness, acceptance, and understanding. Using Adlerian concepts allows clients to feel encouraged to overcome feelings of insecurity and develop deeper feelings of connectedness. During treatment, clients will be challenged to correct mistaken assumptions, attitudes, behaviors, and feelings about themselves and the world. Holly’s goal is to consistently encourage clients to attempt what was believed impossible. The growth of confidence, pride, and gratification leads to a greater desire and ability to lead a rich full life.
Lastly, Holly is a professional member of the Nationally Career Development Association, Christian Association of Psychological Studies and a certified member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. In addition to my license, I am seeking certification in Equine Psychotherapy in May 2018. I continue to educate myself by attending national and local conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking consultation with colleagues in the field. I look forward to working with you on your journey!