Therapist

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Clients consistently tell me that it is easy for them to converse freely and honestly with me which is awesome and so, so important! I attribute this to my genuine desire and observable commitment to helping. I am always deepening my understanding of each unique client and making observations that strengthens insight. My office is a “judge free zone,” and that’s not just rhetoric…clients literally feel it along with my heartfelt interventions, willing them towards their personal goals. That type of foundational relationship facilitates honesty, willing self-reflection, receptiveness, and growth.

I collaborate with parents to create intentional, pragmatic strategies that can be incorporated into their unique daily family life to shape their child’s character and hone their skills while respecting their child’s individual uniqueness and avoiding damage to their relationships. I also work with adult men and women individually as they cope with mood dysregulation, conflict in their relationships, and a myriad of life challenges. I make use of tailored interventions and artful timing to both support and challenge, reframe ineffective perceptions, produce practical solutions, increase awareness, and enhance skills...all of which translates into the improvement 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. Though I can never guarantee or force someone to change, I do my best to advocate for, and advance people in the directions that bring them satisfaction and fulfillment.

It is an artistic science learned through life and professional experience, higher education, and a great deal of reflective observation. I've worked in hospital, outpatient, and office settings. For many years, I worked in corporate finance advising business leaders regarding monetary transactions & mediating amongst leadership to resolve conflict in perceived plan performance; this helped me craft a versatile communication style where I partner to de-escalate, negotiate, find commonalities, and move beyond contention into satisfactory relationships. My experience ranges from treating acute life disruption and maladaptive coping, to providing supportive therapy that holds individuals accountable. I see myself as a life partner with clients...assisting them throughout their lifetime as they achieve goal after goal. I also use a wellness model to approach conceptualization; participation in therapy does not equate to sickness or being unwell; psychotherapy is a tool for advancement.

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 Health & 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.

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

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 Amazon.com or Spotify. My family and friends like to joke that I can't dance but *I* know that I can.

A Future Goal: Win a BBQ cooking contest.

A Favorite Hobby: It changes, but currently...playing with makeup. 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.

I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
— Rudyard Kipling