Hello and welcome to Cadia. I'm so glad you're here. My name is Aneika and I am creative, innovative, and forward thinking clinician who strives to encourage, enlighten, and empower all clients. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, TX. I went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. While I have worked with client populations from age 3 through adulthood, I specialize in child and adolescent therapy and perinatal mental health.
I have worked extensively in counseling adults and young people diagnosed with mood and behavioral disorders with great success. Many of the clients served have a history of extensive trauma, abuse, and neglect.
I have been a therapist in a residential treatment center, school-based counseling program, homeless shelter, AIDS foundation house, alternative school, and domestic violence program that served both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence. I have also worked with juvenile offenders, families with open Child Protective Services (CPS) cases, individuals served through the local mental health authority, and private practice settings specializing in adjustment and postpartum issues. Work and volunteer experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with and treat individuals with adjustment, marriage, family, co-occurring, severe mental health, substance abuse, and perinatal mental health disorders.
My theoretical orientation for counseling is centered around a Cognitive Behavioral, Rogerian, holistic, and trauma focused therapy. The treatment I provide incorporates strength-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and training through The Gottman Institute.
My approach to treatment and recovery is often collaborative between therapist, client, and any other supportive resources available and/or necessary depending on clients' needs. With this approach, the therapeutic experience is synergistic and reinforces client autonomy along with client empowerment throughout the therapeutic process. In the work that I do with clients, I emphasize the growth of all five selves - social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive selves- of the individual.