Wendy received an Associate of Science Degree from Central Alabama Community College with a concentration in Exercise Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University. Wendy is trained in EMDR, trauma-informed CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. She has experience working with diverse individuals in community and acute inpatient hospitalization with various diagnosis to include, anxiety, depression, trauma, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, PTSD, bipolar, co-occurring illnesses, borderline personality, and substance abuse, to name a few. Wendy has experience working in the special education system on the elementary level, where she had the privilege to implement applied behavior analysis and ASL (American Sign Language) with children who had hearing impairments, were non-verbal, on the autism spectrum, or were impacted by Down’s Syndrome. She has worked with adult and adolescent individuals and groups, in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Before moving to Missouri, Wendy was afforded the opportunity to be a mentor for at-risk Deaf youths and was a volunteer for the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian Center (Talladega, AL) where she had the honor of assisting various children in the development of strength, courage, confidence, self-esteem, pride, and adjustment to various changes brought on by external factors, such as blindness, deafness, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, etc. through the implementation of hippo-therapy and therapeutic riding. She learned the value of communication, strength, courage, self-awareness, connection, and support without judgment through this program.
Wendy’s passion for assisting others has afforded her numerous opportunities to experience the importance of communication, open-mindedness, and supporting individuals with meeting them where they are; leading her to utilize a person-centered strength-based approach. Wendy understands the need for self-awareness and the struggles we all face in moving past the daily hurdles, challenges, and obstacles that make us feel vulnerable, and keep our goals just out of reach.
Vulnerability is a word that many associate with weakness. Perspectives such as this guide our inner thoughts, how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. Wendy is passionate about assisting you in discovering different perspectives to guide you to reaching your goals. For instance, vulnerability equates strength dependent on the perspective. Are you ready to change your perspective?