7 Years Exp
7 Years Exp
Hello! My name is Ann Marie Dennis. I have a master's degree in counseling from Tarleton State University with a certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked in public education for 30 years with 13 of those years being a School Counselor. I also served in many other roles, including Parent Engagement Coordinator, and Campus Leadership Team. I am passionate about supporting children and families and helping them thrive! In Texas Public Education, School Counselors are limited to providing students with Social-Emotional Learning along with helping when mental health crises occur. A major reason I have made the switch from public education to private practice is so that I can provide more in-depth support to clients and prevent crises from occurring in the first place. I primarily utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am learning to incorporate Solution Focused Brief Therapy too.
A breakthrough moment that a client achieved during their counseling session was realizing that they had the capability of coming up with a solution that contributed to their own healing process. To the client it was that moment they found their self-confidence and strength inside themselves.
My clients generally can expect their first counseling session to be a "get to know you" session. I want the client to feel comfortable talking about what brings them to the session for therapy. Clients should be able to feel confident that they are going to be able to gain tools and resources that they can utilize whenever needed if they are with others or alone.
Generally, the first session is where the client is getting to know me, and I am getting to know that client. Of course, you have all of the normal task that is discussed in that first session, but the most important task to me, is just letting the client express what has brought them to seeking assistance with whatever ailment has them impaired mentally.
What motivates me to be a counselor is knowing the importance of letting individuals express their concerns without prejudice and that they know someone cares to listen with empathy. I know I have a lot to learn on this avenue of becoming a therapist that understands that individuals come with many different sensitive experiences and thoughts, but being able to assist them in exploring ways to heal and grow is so rewarding to me.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Some of my main goals for my clients includes reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving overall well-being, and promoting personal growth and resilience. Giving tools that the client can continue to use over their lifetime in order to help them work through crises when the need arises is an area that I am hoping to provide for each individual.
My main goals for my clients include reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. And improving overall well-being while promoting personal growth and resilience. I aim to equip clients with tools that they can continue to use over their lifetime. My hope is for my clients to leave the session with resources that they need to improve quality of life and their overall mental health.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I utilize evidence-based therapies, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
The area I know is one of the biggest strengths that I have is listening to my clients. l want the client to know that they are being heard and know that I am with them through their healing process.
In therapy, I utilize the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) concepts and I am in the process of learning how to transform into "The Solution Focused Brief Therapy" approach. I have always pride myself in being an individual that listens to clients and through the therapeutic process I believe this helps the client contribute to solutions for healing.