Angela Clark, MA, PLPC, NCC
Angela Clark, MA, PLPC, NCC
Angela approaches her work with adolescents with passion, dignity and with a trauma competent approach. Many of us have heard the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that states, “Life is a journey not a destination.” What Mr. Emerson doesn’t provide much detail about in that beautiful piece of wisdom, is that there is a whole lot of junk that can happen along the way. Have you ever set out of a journey, such as a road trip somewhere with the kids and everyone is super excited to be going and the GPS says it’s only going to take you a few hours to get there, the weather is nice, and traffic and construction are supposed to be at a minimum? Sounds perfect, right? But instead of having a nice smooth, straight road ahead of us, we encounter hills and valleys, twists, and turns, potholes, traffic, missed exits and so much more. By the time you’ve gotten to your destination everyone is tired, hungry, cranky, and no one is having fun. This sounds like a much more frequent scenario, at least in my adventures.
Some individuals can encounter obstacles like those above and not let it get to them. Others, however, have a more difficult time and their internal GPS is in an endless spinning of “rerouting”. Today’s children and families are encountering more and more of these obstacles and could benefit from an upgraded GPS. By providing a safe, trusting, and nonjudgmental environment for you and/or your children to process these experiences, using trauma sensitive and attachment focused approaches, I try to help you and your children find within yourselves the tools to make that upgrade.
I have a passion for working with parents and their teenagers because I understand that trauma and other adverse life experiences affect not only the relationship between parent and child, but also the relationship that a person has with themselves. I believe that by repairing those relationships, individuals can obtain true healing, confidence, and resilience to continue their journey.
I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and am a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a National Board-Certified Counselor. I have been trained in several therapeutic approaches such a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). I also like to incorporate various forms of expression in to sessions such as play, art, music, and various other mediums from pop culture. After having worked with teens in acute, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, I have learned that using these various techniques help teens to feel less resistant to therapy and provide them additional ways to process their experiences. I would consider it a privilege to work with you and your child to promote healthier relationships, increased and effective communication, confidence, self-esteem, and healing.
In my off time you will find me enjoying time with my family and my dogs, as well as reading, painting, or singing.
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Angela is clinically supervised by Jeremy Lotz, LPC