Libba Skarnulis

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Picking a counselor isn't easy, and the right fit is very important. Entering into a therapeutic relationship can be a game-changer and very healing. When I hear that someone has had a negative experience, I wonder if it was just a bad match? Much like a comfortable shoe, we all have preferences of how we connect with another person.

I am an educator, therapist, wife and parent, so my breadth of experience casts a wide net. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas, practicing for 12 years. This was a second career for me. I have a masters in Arts Administration and also did 20 years of volunteer work (Girls Scouts, PTA, Young Men's Service League, National Charity League, High School Lacrosse Booster and on and on). I worked for years at a child advocacy center, so children, adolescent and family therapy is second nature to me. I also spent several years helping families navigate social media and cell phone usage in a healthy way , so I have a very current feel for online activity and how it affects all of us, young and old.

I have worked with individuals for years and love empowering women and men by helping them push through a variety of issues. I have had extensive trauma training, so I always have a feel for if we need to use other methodologies or if a slower pace may need to take place. We're all doing the best we can in how we cope with change, transition or traumatic experiences, so I'm usually interested in working with what the client has found helpful before and adding new coping skills or pathways to explore.

I'm very skilled at solution-focused therapy, so clients who need quick solutions or fast response may receive that approach, if possible. My kids have entered into college but I'm very in tuned with how the working parent may feel in this fast paced, competitive environment that some neighborhoods may create. Sometimes we need quick fixes to problems since we are juggling so much in life.

I'm very knowledgeable and skilled at assisting adults with senior care decisions for their aging parents or family members. I have learned this personally the hard way but I'm a great "go to" for those who have home health, living, insurance and care issues that are thrown at them quickly when new to a caretaker role or wanting help in managing that role. Caring for our parents and loved ones is an awesome responsibility and can be daunting, so I have can ease that learning curve, if needed.

My therapy style and approach draws from a variety of influences: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Elderly Care Therapy, Play Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I completed all the course work for Family and Marriage Therapy while in college but preferred to only complete my licensing for my LPC since that is all I needed to begin work privately. I believe in sharing many resources to assist a client arrive at a new understanding or consider trying something different. If you like homework or need more educational material to support your growth, then I love sharing recent research, enlightening videos, powerful reading choices and more. If you don't need more to read and that sounds like too much work , no problem.

I'm ready to support your needs and begin exploring what might make your life more productive and successful. As humans we are wired to connect, so working with a professional to uncover stagnant areas or ignite your life for the better starts with small steps. Signing up for this help platform is a great first step, and sharing your concerns or asking for help is the next step toward make a positive difference. I've posted a variety of working hours in hopes of making myself accessible to clients at different times since life can be unpredictable when it comes to obstacles.. Outside of the the Betterhelp site, the main frustration I've heard from past clients and friends is the problem with scheduling in-office appointments. Working with Betterhelp may be the best way to support your needs in a more timely approach. If I feel that you need additional in- office support in your city or if I worry there are any other risks for your welfare, I will discuss this with you privately.

When working with international clients, I will be acting more as a coach or consultant due to licensing requirement of my state.

I look forward to learning more about you.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #67375 (Expires: 2021-10-01)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Feb 04, 2021 after counseling with Libba for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I just love her.
Being socially anxious it means a lot, that I’m most of the times looking forward to a conversation with her. She gives me good insights, is supporting me and together we’re working out the best ways to manage my life.

I’m glad to have her in my life for almost a year already.

Written by E.R. on Jan 25, 2021 after counseling with Libba for 3 months on issues concerning self esteem, and adhd

Great help and support!

Written by H.I. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Libba is an amazing counselor. She's able to understand how I'm feeling very quickly and helps guide me to process in a healthy ways. She's empathetic, insightful, and very approachable. I feel comfortable with Libba quickly and can be honest with her without worrying how I may come across. Thank you so much Libba!

Written by C.H. on Apr 28, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Libba is excellent at getting right to where I am at and enabling me to help myself through worksheets and video resources. She supports listens and empathizes. Nothing shocks her and I get a real sense of warmth through her emails. She is wonderfully human and therefore understands our flaws.

Written by S.O. on Apr 14, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues

So far Libba has really helped me identify what my main stressors are and we have started working on ways to work on these step-by-step. It's never easy to open up to a stranger, especially during a difficult time - but Libba is very knowledgeable and professional in showing understanding and guidance and I love the worksheets and goals too.

Written by S.A. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Experiencing financial and family/relationship stress, while pregnant and now during a global pandemic, where everything is uncertain, these sessions are a bright spot in my week. I am very grateful for my sessions with Libba.

Written by D.A. on Mar 31, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Libba is an amazing counselor.

Written by M.I. on Mar 19, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Libba has been so amazing! I had never been to any sort of counselling before so I didn’t know what to expect. Even her first few messages put me at ease and we scheduled a video call for our first session and I can’t say enough good things about her! She made me feel so comfortable and I felt like I had known her for a long time!

Written by J.O. on Feb 15, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

I wasn’t very uncomfortable with talking to a stranger about my issues. She has made me feel really comfortable talking to her. Very professional and knowledgeable. There has been times she told me what I was feeling and she has been spot on. I like that she is very understanding and knows how to get me to open up. Very happy with the help I am receiving.

Written by L.E. on Jan 01, 2020 after counseling with Libba for 10 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

I have trusted Libba with the most vulnerable parts of my life story and I have not been disappointed. I look forward to every session. I walk away lighter and enlightened. Thank you from me, my friends and family. Who have all seen the difference Libba has made.

Written by K.A. on Sep 26, 2019 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

Libba has been incredible, a great balance of listening and advice. We’ve only had a couple of sessions, but things are already looking better!

Written by T.R. on Jun 12, 2019 after counseling with Libba for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Libba is amazing! I was going through rough times, but we work together to find out the source of my problems and over time we are able to eliminate them through counseling :) Talking is the best medicine!

Written by E.M. on Apr 18, 2019 after counseling with Libba for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Libba has been a great help in guiding me to where I need to be in regards to family relationships. She provided a variety of resources that I could use to help me understand my situation, while also issuing supportive, thoughtful and timely feedback. She was even-keeled in her interactions and offered well-balanced advice and supportive commentary.

Written by M.A. on Apr 15, 2019 after counseling with Libba for 1 month

I really can't say enough good things about the help and support Libba has provided to me in a truly difficult time. I would really very highly recommend Libba to anyone seeking help from a counsellor through this app. I'm addition to a truly caring manner and clearly deeply well informed professional knowledge, Libba has always been incredibly flexible with our sessions (particularly with the time difference between the US and the UK where I am based). Libba also has a great memory for the most minor details of our conversations. Thank you again for all the help you have provided to me Libba, and I hope that this review will serve to help more people connect with a truly exceptional counsellor in Libba.