I've a knack for reaching adolescents who are struggling, supporting/coaching their parents, and evoking insight in adult men and women coping with mood dysregulation and conflict. I evoke and offer insights, mediation, practical solutions, psychoeducation, artfully timed challenges, and support. These things translate into the improvement and results that people want to see in their moods, their struggles, their relationships, their behavior, their communication...their lives in general; it helps clarify and advance them towards their own personal goals and well being.

I've worked in hospital, outpatient, and office settings. My experience ranges from treating acute life disruption and maladaptive coping, to providing supportive therapy that holds individuals accountable to their goals. I see myself as a life partner with clients...assisting them throughout their lifetime as they achieve goal after goal...whatever those goals might be. I also use a wellness model to approach conceptualization; participation in therapy does not equate to sickness or being unwell; psychotherapy is seen as a tool for advancement.

Helping adults comes naturally to me; parent guidance and support with adolescents and pre-teens is an area that I'm also effective in.  Preteens and adolescents are a tad more challenging, but each time I think of a teen...I can't help but smile; they are indeed a joy to work with and it is beyond rewarding to observe them transcend into autonomy over time.

I have previous experience advising business organization leaders regarding financial decisions and mediating amongst leadership when differences arise in perceived goal performance; I have a versatile communication style and a knack for artful de-escalation, conflict resolution, negotiation, and delivering influentially challenging feedback...this serves everyone well when we work on interpersonal conflict in counseling.  

Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance from Christian Brother's University in Memphis, TN | Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX

Counseling Experience: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano (Seay Behavioral Health), Parkland Heath & Hospital Systems in Dallas, TX, Hope's Door in Plano, TX, Texas Psychiatry Associates in Richardson, TX, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, TX. Texas Licensed Professional Counselor #7444.

Clinical Focus: middle schoolers, adolescents, adults, parent coaching via individual, group, & family help work through issues like relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behavior, developing social skills, fostering empathy, resolving childhood trauma, coping with life transitions, and formulating strategies to achieve goals and improve overall healthy functioning...all while potentially laughing a little and having some fun.

Fun Facts About Myia: I can be competitive...I play a mean game of cards, badminton...everything. I've run the New York City Half Marathon and cycled in the MS150.  I have several musical instruments that I cannot play...but I pretend to. I graduated high school, valedictorian at age 15. I don't think I can live without or Spotify. 

A Future Goal: Win a BBQ cooking contest.

Favorite Hobby: It changes...right now, making powtoons. Overall, and on average, it is probably reading or swimming.

Your go-to for coping with stress: I talk or write it out; and, I top it off with humor.

Two things I do for maintenance: I get a manicure once a month, and I see my therapist about every six weeks. I am happy to report that, at this point, my nails crack more often than I do.
— Gina Barreca
I look forward to working with you!
— Myia