Background and Experience
Sheila’s experiences include 20+ years of helping others in their difficult times. She is happy to work with adolescents, adults, and divorce/blended families to navigate through their struggles. Sheila has extensive skills in addiction recovery with both clients as well as their family members. She also works with families in conflict due to divorce/blended family dynamics, codependency, boundary setting, reducing stress/anxiety symptoms, rebuilding self esteem, and finding mutual compromise in relationships, especially those who are in divorce and blended families. Sheila’s style of therapy involves helping clients find the origin of how their beliefs were developed and helps individuals who desire to reprocess their journey while focusing on empowerment and creating change with a personalized treatment plan.
Sheila is of the belief that it takes a great deal of courage to reach out to others for assistance. Growing up in a family of helping others, Sheila started her career assisting adolescents in foster care and later served in the juvenile justice system. She soon discovered how an individual’s traumatic experiences impact belief patterns as their environments were the foundation. Sheila gained an interest in how children's lives were impacted by parent’s substance abuse and took an interest in working with those impacted with addictions. Lastly, learning how divorce impacts children if parents are not cooperative in the child’s best interest, especially when children are alienated from their bonded parent.
Sheila offers a safe environment where struggles can be shared, challenges overcome, and courage can be rebuilt with support of empowerment and accountability. Sheila utilizes a person-centered treatment approach and is skilled in Cognitive Behavior Therapy which helps individuals change their own thinking and manage their challenging emotions. Sheila also incorporates Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as EMDR to facilitate clients to reprocess the trauma to overcome their personal traumatic events.
A native of rural Kansas, Sheila is a firm believer in nature as a healing element and she loves any type of outside adventure including hiking, traveling, kayaking, motorcycling, riding the trails in the mountains, sporting events with her KC Chiefs/Royals teams, but her favorite and most treasured times are spent with her grandchildren.
Education and Training
Sheila earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and her Masters of Education with Emphasis on Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Sheila has gained her clinical experience working in a Work Ethic Camp, Substance Abuse Treatment Center, and a Juvenile Justice Center. She has experience providing therapy to adolescents and adults in individual, family, and group settings.
Sheila is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of Texas and South Dakota. Additionally, Sheila is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Kansas and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has credentials as a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, Certified Mediator/Dispute Resolution professional, Certified Parent Facilitator, Reunification Therapist, and trained in TAP as a Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor. Sheila is also trained in reprocessing the traumatic experiences in the brain using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is an exciting technique to help treat mental health conditions that can happen due to memories from traumatic events.
Sheila is in the Wylie office on Tuesdays Wednesdays, and Thursdays for both in person and virtual appointments
Session fees start at $200
Sheila is in network with Cigna and United Healthcare and is in the process of credentialing with Aetna, Baylor Scott & White, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
License #: TX 62401; KS 2397; SD 20558; NCC 214536
To schedule with Sheila or any of our other therapists, call us today at 469-342-3468!