Mikaela Spooner, M.Ed.
Clinical work supervised by Karolina Shander, M.S.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University (in progress)
- M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
- B.S., Psychology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
My approach to therapy emphasizes collaboration and focuses on meeting the client where they are. My goal is to provide a space to support and empower students as they face various challenges throughout their college experience. I use a variety of Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral techniques to inspire my clients to make positive changes in their lives. By focusing on their individual strengths, I encourage clients to grow their comfort zone and pursue their goals. I prefer to work alongside my clients to learn about their unique experiences as I believe clients are the experts on their lives. My professional interests include health psychology, positive psychology, anxiety among college students, self-image, team cohesion, recovery in injured athletes, assessment.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
Every person has their own unique perspectives and experiences that help shape who they are. This is something that is especially important in the therapeutic setting because my goal is to have a clear understanding of my clients and who they are. It is impossible to achieve this goal without considering a person’s cultural experience and their beliefs and perspectives. I understand that providing culturally sensitive counseling is essential, but it also on ongoing process. I strive to continuously grow in this area and improve my multicultural competence to provide effective services for clients from diverse populations.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, riding my horses, working out, taking road trips, and eating delicious food (that I don’t have to cook).