I've a knack for building relationships that enable me to challenge adolescents; I truly seek to hear them and often it leads to rapport that facilitates degrees of personal progress. I support and coach adolescent parents through whatever may be happening in the moment and partner to improve the relationship dynamic between the two. 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 offer reflections that morph into insight, observations that shift perception, mediation, practical solutions, psychoeducation, skill enhancement, artfully timed challenges, and support...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.

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. 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.

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