More on Kayla.
“My commitment to my clients is simple: I am 100% there for you. I will be there to listen to you without a sliver of judgment.” - Kayla
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Because of my upbeat and positive personality, it is difficult for people to believe that I have most definitely seen some struggle in my day. I was born in Kentucky and came from a home that was impacted by intergenerational trauma. With the power left to myself, it was up to me to create the life I desired. I found myself in a slump where I realized that my whole life, I had been coping with situations that left me sacrificing my own happiness to tend to others, to keep the peace and avoid confrontation.
I made a resolution to myself that was, “start doing whatever I have to do to make myself truly happy”. I believe that was the only resolution I have ever stuck with and man oh man was it easier said than done. Living by that motto re-routed my life completely and not in the way I had expected, but was ultimately for the better. My journey helped me recognize that even though change is extremely difficult, it was simply part of the process, my process. Everyone’s journey is its own and has its own timing. In my case, I faced a reality that I had to let some relationships go if it meant finding happiness for myself. Staying true to my resolution meant I had to experience those rejections in order to go the route that was truly meant for me. It required me to learn to set boundaries in unhealthy relationships, whether friends or family. It asked me to move away from home to gain new experiences and to be able to see life differently. Change is hard but it’s also the most rewarding thing. So here I am: showing up and showing out; for myself, for my family, for my friends and for my clients.
I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. While at WKU, I began developing my skillset in working with trauma as I dove into the world of Play Therapy where I became certified in Trauma Based Art and Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents. My early years were for experimentation so I also tried my hand at couples counseling (which developed into a real love) and became certified as a Level 1 and Level 2 trained John Gottman couples’ counselor. For three years I also attended a weekly meditation group that healed me in a way I didn’t know I needed. Learning about the mind, body spirit connection brought me so much self love and understanding and gave me a passion for helping others feel that way I felt in those sessions. I’ve worked within various settings from of some of the most challenging life experiences in a Foster Care agency, to work within community mental health which allowed for more variety in my clients. I have found that I really enjoy working with all age groups and genders. However, my niche is adults of moving through anxiety, depression, difficulties stemming from childhood, self-esteem, self-exploration, and big questions of self-discovery as you make sense of your story.
My commitment to my clients is simple: I am 100% there for you. I will be there to listen to you without a sliver of judgment. I will help guide you to love yourself and how to listen to your inner world. You will learn how to tend to yourself carefully and realign all your thoughts and self talk in a way that benefits you first and foremost. It really is amazing to see how our outer world shifts when our inner world is aligned. I will help you understand that in any circumstance, you have a choice! I will help you through the process of understanding the deeper rooted issues, that may have evolved from childhood, that are driving your everyday behaviors and feelings, subconsciously. All the questions you have about yourself like, “Why do I do this” or “How can I change this behavior” or “What could I do differently?” I am here to help you answer those questions. I will work whole heartedly to serve you in the most sincere way that I can. Counseling is my life calling. I get the most fulfillment when I am with sitting and exploring with my clients. That includes clients in any stage, whether it be the beginning of understanding the issues, the shifting of thoughts and behaviors, or making it to the other side of the coin where we are celebrating your hard work and progress.