Brianna Manning

Master's Level Intern

Supervised by Jenny Wang, LPC-S

Get to know Brianna

Brianna was born and raised in Texas. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology from Midwestern State University where she also played soccer and ran track. As a child, sports were everything to Brianna. She has been an athlete since the age of four years. Playing sports, especially soccer, helped her cope with life’s challenges. Little did she know, in an instant, this would all be taken away. While playing soccer one night, she tore three ligaments in her knee. Due to this injury, she was told she would never play again.

During this time, she didn’t have a coping skill to help her overcome adversities. She fell into a cycle of depression and anger. At the time, she didn’t know the true definition of grief. She now knows that grief can manifest in different ways. Although Brianna knew her life as an athlete would not ever be the same again, she was able to grow from that experience. She strongly believes that growth is change.

Brianna is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health. For the past four years, she has been working exclusively with Autistic children as an RBT (Registered Behavioral Therapist), successfully decreasing maladaptive behaviors by increasing communication. She had also worked in a children’s home for 2.5 years. Her mission there was to help young lives and their families to learn and grow with the tools she provided. Her favorite approaches in the therapy setting are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy.

Her favorite quote is, “God puts His strongest of soldiers in the toughest of wars.” To that end, Brianna has a passion to help anyone and everyone. Everyone has a story and she wants them to use their story to be successful in life. She strives to be the best she can be for herself and others. Brianna also regularly volunteers at homeless shelters and animal adoption organizations.