Introduction

Alisha became a counselor because she believes in the impact good counseling can have on helping you live your best life. She joined Psych Associates in 2019 as a counselor. Often times people associate being “fresh out of school” as meaning they lack experience. However, research shows that recent graduates are often more up to date on advances in treatment techniques and provide the same quality of care as more seasoned professionals.

Education

Alisha is originally from Buffalo, MO. After graduating from Buffalo High School, she began her education at Drury and later transferred to Park College in Kansas City to pursue her interest in broadcasting. While there she was offered an opportunity to manage her own store for a large retail chain. While balancing the demands of work and family, Alisha moved back to Springfield and completed her education online; graduating from Bellevue University in 2017 with her  Bachelor of Science in Management. Upon graduation, she began her graduate training. She was awarded her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University in 2019 and is currently completing the required hours to be a fully Licensed Professional Counselor.

Experience

While in school at Evangel, Alisha obtained her credentials to become an EMDR therapist and became certified in Prepare and Enrich premarital counseling. Alisha led group therapy and psychoeducational groups in her clinical internship at the inpatient psychiatric unit at The Marian Center of Mercy Hospital. She also provided individual counseling to college students at the Evangel University Counseling Center. While finishing her graduate training, Alisha was an intern at Beyond Studio where she provided EMDR therapy. Before working in Mental Health, Alisha has 12 years in the retail industry including managing stores for Pier One Imports, Toys R Us, and Starbucks.

Teaching

In addition to helping patients at Psych Associates, Alisha teaches Psychology Courses at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Current Focus & Interests

Alisha employs both traditional counseling and EMDR to help clients overcome traumatic memories. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. When away from the office and classroom Alisha enjoys playing with her children. She is a member of a local running club and can frequently be found painting pottery. She is active in her church and volunteers at a ministry to the Greene County Jail. Her favorite Starbucks drink is Grande dark roast with almond milk.