Counseling & Treatment Philosophy
Since no two people or paths are alike, counseling must be adaptive and helpful as both science and art. I utilize several psychological theories in working with people on their journey: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Family Systems Theory, and Client-Centered. These �schools of thought� focus on reducing symptoms of mental distress and are scientifically-based approaches that have been trial tested with positive results. The art of therapy is knowing when and where to make applications and interventions as therapist and client build a sacred space of trust and healing. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oklahoma LPC #5798) who graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2013 with a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. I also have a Masters in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University.
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My approach to therapy identifies that much of our anxiety stems from an inner struggle to integrate our past and present experiences, with our current values and desires. Often, the way we previously understood things and related to others no longer works or functions to enhance our relationships. Embarking on a shared journey creates space for authenticity and self-awareness, allowing for more meaningful and intimate connections. I feel qualified to partner in this process with adults, couples, and adolescents who may be struggling with depression/anxiety, relational conflict, trauma, and other life transition concerns.
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I am grounded in a cognitive-behavioral theoretical understanding and seek to engage clients in affirming and non-judgmental ways. I understand the inter-relatedness of persons' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and I venture to ameliorate distress through talk therapy and facilitating greater self-awareness and understanding. I am comfortable working with families and individuals of all ages. I am happy to assist in eliminating distress related to, but not limited to, the following: depression, anxiety, perfectionism, relationship problems, loneliness, attention difficulties, guilt, and procrastination.
It is easy to understand in today's world how people can get caught up in life's challenges and end up feeling alone and disconnected from others. Those rough patches can even leave a person feeling hopeless, like things will never get better. Fortunately, I believe that counseling can make all the difference!
Since entering the field of mental health in 2011, I have obtained a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Nazarene University, and I have served clients in community clinics, crisis shelters and inpatient treatment facilities across Oklahoma. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (Lic. # 5960), I use my experience and training to provide evidence-based interventions that are tailored to your needs through individual, couples, and family therapy. I practice from an attachment-oriented Cognitive Behavioral perspective, which allows me to address specific behavioral issues as well as the ways that emotions, thoughts, experiences and past trauma impact an individual�s ability to relate to others in a healthy manner. I also carry a deep respect for the courage and vulnerability it takes for my clients to come forward and seek help. Contact me today to see how we can partner together to reclaim hope in your life!
My passion is to tap into and foster the very hope and courage that brings people into therapy. From a family systems perspective, I work within the context of relationships and believe a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is crucial to helping others find solutions and achieve their goals. My practice includes working with adolescents (14+), individuals, couples and families dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, attachment injuries, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and a wide variety of individual and relationship issues. I offer services at affordable rates and accept cash, check, debit and most major credit cards. In addition to regular work hours, I have extended evening and weekend hours.
I earned my M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Following graduation, I worked 24 years in the Psychiatric and Senior Living industries.
My philosophy is to build a relationship with my clients by joining them at whichever point in life they may be. I believe understanding my clients� individual stories through empathic connection is crucial when helping them reach their goals in therapy. It is very important to me to create a safe space where clients feel comfortable enough to express themselves freely, explore all facets of themselves, and expand on self-awareness. I enjoy assisting others in becoming more comfortable in their own skin and embracing their individuality. I graduated from Southern Nazarene University in December 2017 with my Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, and the majority of my practice includes individual clients (ages 16 and up) and couples. Therapy is a collaborative experience, and I look forward to collaborating with you as you aim to grow towards your desired goals.
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Emma Greenback, M.A., LPC Candidate is a Licensed Professional Counselor in her third year of Candidacy. She graduated with her Bachelors and Masters in Clinical Psychology from Southern Nazarene University. She has been involved with Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) since 2008 and became the Executive Director for OEDA in 2016-2018. Emma has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a therapeutic setting. She is passionate about working with those who struggle with eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, identity, trauma, anxiety, depression and LGBTQ support. Her style of therapy integrates a relational approach with the client as well as focusing on the core issues blocking the person from experiencing their highest sense of self and quality of life.
Life is a complex journey. There are ups, downs and complexities that accompany anyone�s journey through their life, which can leave a person with questions, anxieties, fears and other obstacles to face. To face these obstacles alone can be daunting at times. Which is why I get the privilege of working alongside clients as their teammate in their complex journey; through these ups, downs, questions and obstacles. I believe therapy is rooted in creating and fostering a safe, secure therapeutic relationship to allow a person to simply be, to be who they are, both in this season of life as well as in the moment. At the core of this therapeutic relationship is the element of unconditional acceptance with my clients (no judgement) regardless of what they bring into session. My hope behind creating a safe space for clients in therapy is to allow us to work together as teammates, to openly process (through a Cognitive Behavioral orientation) what their cycle of functioning is, and how this cycle impacts their relationships, their relationships with others as well as their relationship with themselves, and to work with them to find more adaptive ways of existing in their journey. I look forward to working with individuals (16+ years) struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, and relationship obstacles. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!
As a therapist, I hope to emphasize and encourage a sense of freedom for my clients. The freedom to go slow, but also be challenged; the freedom to feel the uncomfortable and the comfortable; and the freedom to be as you are but to work toward a better version of yourself. My approach to therapy is relational in nature and focuses on how past or present relationships impact the contextual factors in your life or how the contextual factors in your life are impacting your relationships. I hope to collaboratively help clients foster new ways of relating to themselves and/or others, and to spark new beliefs that will encourage hope and growth. I graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in May of 2019 with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy where I also received a certificate in Medical Family Therapy. My MedFT training allows me to help individuals and their families develop strategies to deal with disabilities or chronic illnesses. In addition, I have clinical experience working with people struggling through depression, anxiety, grief, sexual dysfunction, trauma, relational issues and chronic pain, with a special interest in infertility and reproductive trauma. I look forward to helping individuals (adults and children), couples and families work toward healing and transformation.
I believe that telling your own story is important. Many times in life we feel defined by things that we struggle with, such as depression, anxiety, deep pain or loss, difficult relationships, big decisions or transitions, or even fitting into society. When these struggles define and control our lives, we feel like they have power over us, taking away our joy and light. Sometimes we even lose sight of who we want to be, and it takes time sitting in how we are feeling to be able to find the hope we need to feel less stuck. This can be true for individuals, couples, and even families. We all want to feel truly loved and accepted. As a therapist, my goal is to empower you to be able to tell your story, whether it is through talk therapy or other expressive means, such as play or art. My certification in Medical Family Therapy gives me a unique understanding when working with life transitions that include medical difficulties, but I am not limited to these. The world can feel cold, hard, and dark, but my favorite part of therapy is to meet you where you are, no matter what you are struggling with, by listening, encouraging, and accepting you as you look for the hope you need to travel your path and tell your story. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
In the course of life, we frequently encounter problems that feel intractable. These range from conflicts at work, home, or even within the self. While most people, most of the time, manage to cope with these issues successfully, there are times when it is useful to seek outside help. I practice a form of psychotherapy that is broadly informed by the psychoanalytic tradition. This tradition emphasizes the importance of self-awareness through the exploration of the client's emotional life and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship as a means to healing. As a therapist, my primary aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic space that facilitates collaboration between therapist and client. I am not, nor do I presume to be, an expert on your life and its circumstances. Rather, I see myself as a temporary guest, invited by you, to assist you in whatever way I can as you work towards your goals.
I believe that the messages people hear about themselves and their relationships (e.g., "you're not good enough") influence how they interact with themselves, others, and their environments. Over time, these messages become stories that strongly influence quality of life, whether for good or bad. I firmly believe that all people are capable of unlearning harmful stories and creating ones that are more enriched and hopeful. As such, my therapeutic approach is collaborative--the clients are the experts of their own lives; I simply hope to be a co-author in creating more desired stories, whatever that might look like. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families facing a variety of presenting problems.
I am an intern pursuing my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Registered Play Therapy. I have been working with children 12 and under since 2001 in a ministry setting. I have helped children and their parents deal with grief, trauma, change, anxiety, medical diagnoses, and behavior. I am experienced with military, foster/adoptive, divorce, LGBTQ+, and traditional family styles of varying economic standings. I am a Positive Discipline Parent Instructor. My role as your or your child's therapist will be to understand your individual experience and help you discover how to use that experience to reach your goal for therapy.
I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and am a graduate level intern here at Turning Point. I wholeheartedly believe that whether you are currently in the valley, on the mountaintop, or simply navigating the in-between, it makes the biggest difference to have an advocate walking with you through each season. My goal as a counselor is to be that person for my clients. With my main focus being a relational approach to therapy, I aim to be a safe place for my clients through the trials and victories of life.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that while relationships wound us, they also heal us. Through building a collaborative relationship with my clients, I work to help individuals and couples integrate their experiences in a way that leads to a fuller, more satisfying life. In our work together, I emphasize empathy, authenticity, resilience and the development of greater levels of self-awareness that lead us to embrace the mystery and the beauty of the human experience. I look forward to meeting you and working together!