Hello, my name is Monica Parker Roberts, and I’m so excited to be a member of the Hot Springs Conway Counseling team! I’ve been a mental health professional for over 25 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Henderson State University in 1988 and my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1991. My experience over the years covers a wide range of issues including domestic violence, anger, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and chronic mental illnesses. Much of my experience however has been with young children, ages 4 to 8, with diagnoses such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. Besides working with young children, another of my favorite populations to treat is the chronically mentally ill. I once was told that this population is difficult to work with because of the lack of progress typically made in therapy. I refuse to believe that statement. I have seen amazing progress from individuals from whom no one expected progress. My belief is that we get what we expect! I also believe we must never give up hope, especially when it comes to the welfare of our fellow human beings, no matter their age, race, or socioeconomic status.
I use several methods of therapy. One type is Rogerian, or client centered, therapy. This therapy focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client. Another method I utilize is Cognitive Behavioral therapy which means clients change their behavior by learning new ways to think about those behaviors. Additionally, I use various forms of play therapy with my younger clients, because children use play in the same way that adults use their words, and that helps them work through the issues that are causing them problems.
To sum things up, I prefer to meet the client where the client is emotionally, rather than force any agenda upon them. My overall approach, (in keeping with my Christian background) is holistic (body, mind, spirit), balancing all of these working parts, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.