Mara M. Watkins, M.A., LPC-Intern supervised by Carmen Scroggin, M.A., LPC-S

Mara M. Watkins, M.A., LPC-Intern supervised by Carmen Scroggin, M.A., LPC-S

Professions: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Primary Credential: LPC-Intern - 74120
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 34088
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6750 Hillcrest Plaza Dr. Ste 307
Dallas, Texas 75230 - United States
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Life can bring challenging circumstances that make it difficult to fully enjoy life. Sometimes it's hard to understand struggles you are going through where it becomes hard to cope with daily life. Life stressors and traumatic experiences can often leave you with the question of "Why?". I believe everyone has a purpose and can find meaning from their experience when working within a safe therapeutic setting. Together we can work towards resolution of your difficulty so you may feel more free in your functioning and experience of life. I view you as a unique individual deserving of compassion, acceptance, and understanding. I am warm, friendly, and open-minded. My focus is on increasing your awareness, understanding, and resiliency in facing and overcoming life's challenges.

Email or Call Mara M. Watkins, M.A., LPC-Intern supervised by Carmen Scroggin, M.A., LPC-S at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34088

More Info About My Practice

I am currently accepting clients for day, evening, & Saturday appointments. Carmen Scroggin, MA, LPC-S & Associates' office is conveniently located in an office building between Dallas North Tollway, Highway 635, and Highway 75.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I help individuals who are recovering from a traumatic event or experience such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, grief and loss, human trafficking, immigration, or war. I help individuals learn more about the effects of trauma and aid them in finding meaning and purpose in their personal journey from victim to survivor. I see individuals as unique in their experience, however trauma can often times leave one feeling angry, anxious, depressed, guilty, or confused. From relationships to career, we explore personal functioning and find ways to better manage personal conflicts. I help individuals with concerns about anger management, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorder, and codependency.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

It is important to like your therapist! Choose someone you think you could freely open up with and honestly discuss your concerns. Sometimes it helps when you feel like you have something in common with your therapist whether it be age, culture, or you agree with something they wrote on their profile. Choose someone you perceive as friendly, nonjudgemental, and accepting.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

You are human and as humans we all have our low moments. It helps to get an objective point of view sometimes. Usually when we talk to someone close to us about a problem they might start talking about their experience, or tell you what you should and shouldn't do or feel. I see therapy as more of a luxury because it use to be only accessible to the wealthy and celebrities. Movies and TV shows have created an unrealistic perception of therapy and those seeking therapy. You might feel like the only one but take a moment to google celebrities with mental illness and you will be surprised because you probably never thought of them as flawed. Think of it like watching a movie, you're able to see the whole picture and things the characters in the movie can't see. The characters on the other hand are just going along unaware of the bigger picture and factors affecting their outcome. If you were able to warn the characters in the movie and tell them about the parts they are missing then they could possibly change the ending. Therapy is like having someone view your life movie while giving you insights so you might gain new perspectives and a chance to enhance your experience. It's like having a secret weapon to combat issues in your life because no one will know you're in therapy unless you tell them.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Young adults, women, trauma survivors

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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