Licenses and Requirements

My name is Trish Watson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate supervised by Amy Evans-Gean, MA, LPC-S. Since earning my graduate degree and license, I have further invested in more specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and becoming sensitive and knowledgeable in treating challenging relationships, crisis, trauma, and emotional/psychological/spiritual abuse.

Having the Texas State license to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate means I have achieved all the required master’s level counseling classes, the clinics and required research during graduate school, passed the exams, and follow the Texas statutes to make sure you are given the best care.

Completing a graduate degree in counseling requires rigorous coursework to comprehend, appreciate, and become competent in the many things that can affect human development and cause dysfunction. A counseling graduate degree includes class work in normal human growth and development, abnormal human behavior, assessment and appraisal, research and statistics, lifestyle and career development, counseling theories and techniques, professional ethics, patterns of change in social, culture, and family issues and systems, group dynamics, as well as specialized classes of interest in family systems, crisis and trauma. and the internships to practice and gain experience counseling.

Why I help

My life growing up was not the easiest, and counseling helped me through that time and other challenging times in my life. When I was a teen, I felt called to help others then, but felt I needed to wait to counsel until I had more life experiences. Now I have many years of personal experiences, becoming successful despite my childhood, marriage, raising three children while juggling a demanding career, and making the difficult decision to give up my career to stay home when I had my third child. Then transitioning again into a new career after staying home, and also going through physical and relational losses. I have been in ministry at the church but wanted more opportunities. I hope to provide better, more sensitive, educational, and beneficial services than I felt I received sometimes.

Education

Consequently, I went back to graduate school to become fully equipped to counsel with the upmost care and skill possible. I attained a Master’s in counseling from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute that included the required classes aforementioned, and also required many additional classes in Biblical interpretation, doctrine and theology, Christian servant leadership, and more specific classes diving deep into many books of the Bible. These extra classes enabled me to confidently reconcile the parts of my walk and needed boundaries around idealism, or vague, unhelpful Christian exhortations, and verses being misused. This coursework helped free me from being influenced by common inaccurate interpretations and uses of the Bible (and other group think pressures in different cultures, organizations, and systems), giving me freedom to access a more of the abundant life. However, even though gaining confidence in interpreting and evaluating different teaching, growing my relationship with Jesus, and reconciling my Christian faith was important to me, I understand this is not how all people want to relate to the world, and I can respect those boundaries. Going through this process of analyzing and thoroughly evaluating belief systems is helpful to gain understanding where value systems come from, our ethics and morals, being comfortable with what you believe, and how to be more comfortable discussing and relating to the complexity of worldviews we really live in.

Collaborative Counseling

I want to provide a safe and honest atmosphere for you. I will listen attentively and actively to you, and help you focus on different aspects of the situation that might help or be affecting you. You may see more possibilities of what is happening, and therefore feel less stuck. Working towards fully describing your story could help you notice and appreciate what strengths you bring to the table. Having new mindsets and tools can bring more hope of attaining the outcomes you want. I think some people come to counseling for interactive help, so I will share what I think is relevant and what could be helpful to your situation, and let you consider it and decide if it fits. I’ll answer questions you may have when appropriate or work to get those answers for you; not just turn the question back on you. I welcome feedback if something bothers you, so we can get clarity and safety again. I want you to remain in control of your therapy and goals. I can also be a support and encouragement if your situation is continuously difficult or burdensome, to help it be more tolerable.