I was trained as a Community Counselor and as such, I am prepared to work with the issues and concerns that occur with individuals and families in the community, and everyone lives in a community. As you can imagine, there are not many individual situations I have not encountered. In the beginning of my career, I worked with children behaving violently or inappropriately in school environments primarily. I realized that the child experiencing mental health difficulties is a member of a family experiencing mental health difficulties as a system. I believe that most maladaptive behavior is learned from the family environment or may be from inherited tendencies. I also believe that many problems you see in both children and adults are the results of having to be in close proximity to someone who is a narcissist or someone who is exhibiting enough narcissistic traits to be dangerous to those with whom they associate.
I am licensed in the state of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and have over 10 years of experience working as a Counselor. I specialize in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse both mental, spiritual and physical. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am faith-based as I myself believe it is important to recognize The Creator when attempting to offer help to His people.
My therapy style is truth-based, educationally focused and kind. I believe in treating anyone in the manner that I would want to be treated if I was in their situation. I don't believe in labels, but I do believe in presenting examples of others who have overcome similar circumstances. I am primarily faith or Christian based. I am solutions focused and combine cognitive-behavioral and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Clinical approaches: Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.006251
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Myrna Pledger. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
She is a great listener and I appreciate how much she is in tune with what I am going through.
Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Myrna for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and compassion fatigue
Myrna is patient, wise and has a lot of tools in her toolbox. A great therapist!
Written on Jan 24, 2023 after therapy with Myrna for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and compassion fatigue
Myrna is great. She was very helpful when I was in a dark place.
Written on Jan 21, 2023 after therapy with Myrna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Other therapists often fail to read the paragraphs of thoughts that I so carefully lay out for them. Then they annoy me with questions like "How does that make you feel" (as if we are in a movie or something). I know Myrna reads everything I sent her. She has an excellent ability to recall information and her responses gave me reasons to think deeply about.
Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Myrna for 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Myrna for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes
Myrna was great! Very helpful with ideas to combat anxiety. She was very knowledgeable and comforting.
Written on Oct 25, 2022 after therapy with Myrna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse