Approach

I believe there are moments in life that seem insurmountable for individuals. During these moments, people find it beneficial to seek counseling to help them navigate their struggles. Counseling is sought to reduce suffering and to enhance well-being. Such suffering is often the function of psychopathology, which can be characterized as maladaptive patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions in relational context. I consider counseling as the process of entering into a professional relationship with a clinician trained in applying interventions to help reduce such maladaptive patterns and fostering well-being. The therapeutic alliance is formed itself by three related, but also somewhat separate elements. The first element is the quality of the relationship; its levels of warmth, trust, and degree of mutual respect. A participative approach helps fulfill one of the most basic human needs – the need for relational value. I provide counseling with the hope of creating a sense of trust to help clients learn to live a life of wellness, despite what they have been through.

MY Story

I became a professional counselor to help meet the mental health needs of people. I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Approved Supervisor (BAS). I am EMDR Certified and enjoy meeting the needs of clients through the utilization of a participative approach to counseling.

Annette Pullen

PhD

Annette Pullen, PhD practices as: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Approved Supervisor (BAS). Her work specializes in chemical dependency, marriage therapy, mental health, and trauma.  Annette is certified as an EMDR clinician. Annette developed a psychoeducational gender-specific group and curriculum to help individuals overcome trauma.  She identifies care and treatment for clients who experienced trauma and other life struggles. Annette demonstrates improvement toward a life of wellness and helps empower clients to achieve a life they would describe as wellness for them.  Annette is an experienced professional counselor with over nine years of in-depth experience, with a strong ability to resolve conflicts. Innovative educator, counselor, and leader, with the desire to share her experiences with clients and supervisees to promote outstanding learning experiences.  Annette is excellent in communication and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on effectively working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  She is skilled in both development of course curriculum and program development.  Annette demonstrates a high level of aptitude and excellent attitude of a clinical supervisor and educator with a clear understanding of the role and objective of a clinician. Annette is highly motivated and driven by successfully helping clients and supervisees master learning material and supporting the continuing learning process.