Our highly trained and licensed therapists help people who want to grow from feeling stuck, who can’t seem to stop negative patterns, who are are still deeply affected by grief or trauma, those who have tried unsuccessfully to let time heal their wounds, and just can’t seem to “let things go.”
Unlike so many other mental health facilities, our therapists take a collaborative approach to the therapeutic process – working with the client, the family, and each other to deliver the best, most therapeutic treatment possible. Because we use ground-breaking approaches that encourage a more successful integrative direction in therapy, our clients have been shown to get better faster.
I established and named my company New Pathways based on the present scientific understanding that surrounds new pathways in the brain. With this therapy, I have consistently witnessed people moving forward and experiencing “New Paths to Life.”
For that reason, my therapy is called Neuro-Path Integrative Therapy, and it is now a fine-tuned composite of learned techniques and enhancements from years past, as well as ground-breaking works from the present.
As a clinical therapist, I have utilized many approaches to helping clients. But after several years of practice, it became clear to me that talk therapy alone was not enough. My clients would benefit some. They may do new approaches we discussed, but eventually in the hustle and bustle of life they would stop or forget. Neither I nor they were benefitting enough…which left me frustrated.
“Realizations do not guarantee change. However, we need realizations to start the process of change.” — M.C. (Mary) Ward, LPC
After years of providing therapy I hit a dead end, felt burnt out, frustrated.
I began seeking more knowledge and experiences that focused on how our brains work and store experiences – how our senses, emotions, and thoughts transform into experience. It became more and more clear that the brain is an interconnected universe consisting of several components which interact with each other as a whole. This affects who we are as a whole. This realization changed my entire direction of therapy.
Although talk and revelations are part of that process, they are only a part. By using techniques that include visual/tactile, binaural stimulation, while surfacing past experiences with feelings and thoughts, we have a better chance of helping people shift into newer, more positive experiences. We can contribute to new shifts, new changes, new pathway activity in the brain. In my work with clients, this has consistently been shown to be true.
Simply put, clients move forward and do much better in a much shorter period of time.
Best of all, clients feel better when they leave the office. Overall, they don’t leave feeling burdened, overwhelmed, or “heavy.” With this kind of therapy, people experience change. Unlike talk therapy alone, my clients find they don’t have to work so hard to change. In reality, change often happens automatically. As one client said, “I don’t understand this…I just change.”
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am also certified as both a Psychometrist & School Psychologist. Additionally, I also have a master’s degree in Education with state certification as a teacher, school counselor and Parent Child Interaction Therapist. I’ve spent the last 12 years working with toddlers, children, adolescents and adults providing individual, group, family and couples therapy in clinical, residential and outpatient treatment settings. I have also been certified as a Medication Administration Technician (MAT), Behavior Health Rehabilitation Specialist (BHRS), and Case Manager, Level III.
My abilities also include a full spectrum of testing including Psycho-Educational and Psychological testing. I can provide expertise for assessment of many clinical problems using several different methods, including Initial Assessment, comprehensive psycho-social history, Psychological Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, comprehensive evaluation of cognitive abilities, includes measures of general intellectual ability, attention and concentration skills, memory abilities, language abilities, and visual-spatial skills
We are committed to helping others grow to full emotional and developmental maturity so that through healing past traumas and learning new ways to handle them, growth and peace can be obtained in your life and your family’s life. The tools you and your family acquire can help you and your relationship with your community be restored and strengthened.
As a counselor and therapist with 30 years’ experience, I have seen first-hand how lives can become imbalanced, overwhelmed, and discouraged. I became a therapist to help people transform themselves and their families so they can live fuller, healthier and happier lives.
I have two masters’ degrees in the psychotherapy field. I earned my first masters degree in Art Therapy from the University of New Mexico and became a board-certified art therapist and registered member of the American Art Therapy Association (ATR-BC). Art therapy has been shown to be healing for people who may have issues speaking about their pain, as well as for children who have difficulty verbalizing it. In my art therapy practice, I use art as a diagnostic tool as well as a therapeutic one.
After nearly two decades as an art therapist, I went back to school and earned another masters’ degree in marriage and family therapy from John Brown University and became a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Additionally, I am licensed to teach children in grades K-12 in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.
In addition to all my degrees, I am also the past president of the Oklahoma Art Therapy Association, and the past president of the Arkansas Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. Over the last 30 years, I have worked with all types of people from all walks of life – children, adolescents, couples, and families. I have helped hundreds of people transform themselves and their families toward healthier and happier lives.