I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri for over 25 years. I have recently moved to New Mexico but retain my Missouri license. . I have a Masters degree in Psychology (from a Systems perspective) from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas. I am quite holistic, aware that we are all multi-faceted. I have accumulated a lot of "tools in my toolkit" along the way and work to find the best approaches and strategies for each client. Talking about the problem is only one approach to make changes. I have worked a lot with people who have depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and trauma. I also have experience working with people in the LGBTQ+ community.
I am compassionate and believe every person has dignity, strengths and value. I love to help people find ways to help them thrive, instead of just survive. I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
MO LCSW 001315
I’ve had a few sessions with Novella and she’s already on the pulse of my concerns. She’s organized and spends our time wisely. She has compassion, expertise and makes me feel safe. I look forward to our sessions.
Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Novella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and coping with life changes
Novella is very engaged, listens intently, and provides different perspectives to help reevaluate habits and decision making. The tools and techniques recommended have been very useful in calming my temper and identifying repeated behavior to recognize when I am acting out of habit.
Written on Aug 01, 2023 after therapy with Novella for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
Very calm and respectful. Listens with intent and asks questions in a relevant and insightful way. Kind and understanding.
Written on Jun 20, 2023 after therapy with Novella for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem
Novella so far is awesome
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with Novella for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and adhd