Licensed Professional Counseling Associates
Katherine Thorne, MS, NCC, LPC Associate
Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing, Minor in Religion, Masters Professional Counseling
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The calling to work in counseling came to me after graduating with a double-major in English and Religion from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My experience working at a middle school made me realized that I wanted to help individuals as they navigated through life. I wanted to help people get through sadness to find happiness. I wanted to help them overcome trials, errors, and hardships to experience life's joy and celebrations. So, I started on my journey to become a counselor, which led me to Amberton University.
I came to find Amberton through a friend and was immediately drawn to it. There, I was surrounded by like-minded individuals, working on starting a new chapter in their lives. I have always strived for kindness imbued in both my day-to-day and professional life. I approach life with a sense of humor and the knowledge that anything can be overcome, no matter how difficult.
Sometimes, we just need to reach out for help from others, even if it's just ear to listen, and that is what I bring to my counseling practice. No judgment, no hidden strings, just a desire to help others feel heard and work through whatever might be troubling them. My goal is not to solve your problems, but to support you as we find and use tools that will enable you to solve those presenting problems, that they can take into a life far after our sessions.
Michelle Blake, MS, NCC, LPC Associate
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who earned my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Currently, I am enrolled in the Ph.D. in Counseling program at Texas A&M University-Commerce and hope to reach candidacy in 2021.
During my graduate and doctoral internships, I have gained experience working in a non-profit and community counseling center setting with adults, children, adolescents, families, single parents, and groups. Within my experience, I utilize a humanistic approach and include an eclectic variation of therapeutic models, including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). My counseling experience has included working with clients through stress management, career and college goals, medical crisis, anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, adoption, loss, family violence, domestic abuse, and self-harm.
I feel that establishing a safe space is key to building a healthy rapport with clients, so the client's ability to create and accomplish goals can take place. The value of listening with intent and being present in the moment while walking with clients through their needs are some of the basic building blocks to a successful therapeutic relationship.