I am a licensed Mental Health therapist in Missouri with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. I got my BS in Psychology from University of Central Missouri. I later received my MS is Mental Health counseling from Walden University. I've worked with clients with a range of concerns such as depression , anxiety, relationships, self esteem, abuse , and career concerns. I have worked with many other diagnoses and concerns , however those were just to name a few. Along with working with a range of diagnosis I also work with those from many different backgrounds.
My therapy style is empathic, genuine, and honest. My fellow therapist gave me the nickname of the rapport building therapist because I have a way of connecting with my clients that draws them into trusting the process. My approach is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy, humanistic, and psychodynamic. I like to meet clients where they are in the stages of change . I understand that everyone handles things differently and somethings are sensitive and hard to address. Therapy is not an easy thing to do and that is why I am on the journey with you.
Whenever you are ready, so am I.
I look forward to meeting you .
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LPC 2019003930
She is patient, caring, challenging (*in a good way!), and over all one of the best therapist I have worked with. I appreciate how she hears your concerns and works on a plan that is right for it- changes and goals that are tough but can be accomplished over time. She is all about celebrating little victories and building from there
Written on Jul 17, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Ayanna is a great listener, and has been essential in helping me through a challenging time in my life. I have never felt judged or criticized. She has a great sense of humor and really engages, which I appreciate. Smiling is a great form of therapy for me. I would highly recommend her.
Written on Feb 18, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
She’s been an incredible help to me. Highly recommend
Written on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Ayanna is a very personable being who listens to you and has a very energetical home expression about her approach. She is truly awesome to talk tkk
Written on Dec 09, 2021 after therapy with Ayanna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and lgbt
Since working with Ayanna, she has really helped me through so many things. She listens to me, and gives feedback which is what I need. Ayanna has helped build my confidence and really put things into perspective based on my past and present challenges.
Ayanna is always prompt and professional on each call.
Written on Dec 04, 2021 after therapy with Ayanna for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
Ayanna is fantastic. She is knowledgeable, patient, and understanding and has suggested some awesome ways to approach some of the things I struggle with. Highly recommend her
Written on Dec 03, 2021 after therapy with Ayanna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes