Kayla began her college career as a Jack Kerouac loving English major, and ended it as a Charles Bukowski loving psychology major. She moved from West Virginia to Texas in 2014 to study clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Texas (UNT). She graduated with her master’s degree in 2017 and is honored to be a mental health counselor.
Kayla enjoys seeing individuals of all ages working through a variety of issues. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have navigated their way through anxiety, depression, suicidality, and addiction. She is especially passionate about working with children using play therapy (she was a preschool teacher for three years and has a big heart for the little ones), helping student athletes cope with the insurmountable pressures they face, walking with clients as they tread through grief, and being an advocate for suicide intervention and prevention.
Kayla had the opportunity to hear Maya Angelou speak and recite poetry at West Virginia University when she was a sophomore in college. A quote by Maya that stuck with her was, “Be a rainbow in somebody’s cloud.” It quickly became her mantra and was integrated into her counseling philosophy. Kayla strives to be that rainbow by working with her clients to build a strong sense-of-self, as she believes that is the foundation of everyone’s personhood.
In her spare time, Kayla can be found singing Adele songs with her dog, writing prose, binge watching Netflix with her boyfriend, and mourning Tim Duncan’s retirement (yes, still).