Family, Marriage, Play Therapy, Equine Therapy, EMDR, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescents, Anxiety, Couples, Children, PTSD, Stress, Teens
Pennie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and is specially certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and Natural Lifemanship to implement equine (horse) assisted counseling. She earned a dual Masters from John Brown University in Clinical Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapy along with an emphasis in Play Therapy. Additionally, she is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trained and a certified TeleHealth therapist.
Pennie enjoys working with individuals of all ages, as well as families, couples, co-parenting, and groups. Through her training at John Brown University, she received education on many different treatment modalities and will use an integrative approach with a combination that suits each client personally, to help them reach their goals. She has also been trained in Sand Tray therapy, where figurines are used as metaphors for life situations, and finds this method useful with all ages. For young clients, Sandtray Therapy gives youngsters words to life situations through imagery. And for adult clients, it can bring awareness to a situation by seeing it depicted by figurines in a sand tray. Pennie has had many clients share that they thought about their sand tray throughout the week, and it was very helpful in their overall processing.
As a therapist, her goal is to help clients discover their path by becoming aware of their own strengths and abilities. Sometimes the most difficult times in one’s life offer the greatest opportunities for growth and development. As your counselor, Pennie will be honored to listen to the story of your journey and use her training to help you create your personal map to navigate your way to your goals.
Pennie is a Northwest Arkansas native and loves the beautiful scenery it has to offer. She has been married to her sweetheart for over 30 years. She and her husband experienced eight years of infertility, then were blessed through the loving option of adoption with their daughter. Even though their daughter is now a young adult, they still love family game night and spending time together. Pennie enjoys the beach and the sound of a trickling creek. She loves animals, especially horses, and enjoys any time spent with them. Pennie has learned that horses have the unique ability to help one process hard life situations, making them excellent “co-therapists.”