April (yes! her birthday is in April) is a master’s level intern specializing in work with children, teens, young adults, families, and couples. April received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton. While completing her undergraduate internship at a local non-profit, April developed a special place in her heart for helping teenage and young adult girls to overcome obstacles of self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, healthy teen relationships, and parent-child relationships.
April’s decision to go into the counseling field was heavily influenced by her own life experiences as a teen and exposure to the various personalities of her huge functionally dysfunctional blended family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. After mistakenly enrolling in a psychology course in her freshman year of undergrad, she instantly realized how her interest fit perfectly with her desire to help others through counseling.
April hopes to not only influence youth girls to achieve their greatest potential but also break the stigma of mental health in the African American community. With years of mentoring experience under her belt, April’s goal is to put a unique spin and personalized approach on therapy that provides an upbeat yet change-seeking experience for the client. She believes that the therapeutic alliance serves as the foundation of therapy outcome and allows for a genuine relationship to be formed between the client and therapist. When it comes to her own perception of the importance of mental health, she believes in the quote that “being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health: safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives” -Bessel Van Der Kolk.
During her off days, you can find April spending time with family, doing random DIY projects, planning over the top themed girls nights with her best friends, or spending wayyy too much time creating her virtual wardrobe and home decor, on Pinterest.