Arkila Covington,MA, LMFT

Arkila Covington,MA, LMFT

Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Life Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Complete
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule
  • Home State Health
  • Medicaid (some plans)
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Optum Health
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Superior HealthPlan
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
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Evening Availability


St. Louis, Missouri 63102
San Pablo, California 94806

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My Approach to Helping

One of my greatest strengths lies in helping individuals develop emotional intelligence and practice effective anger management. I specialized in working with individuals that have experienced trauma and have helped parents manage trauma through a compassionate lens while parenting. I understand that each client is unique, and I am committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions freely. My integrative and holistic therapy approach allows me to blend elements from various methods to best address your needs. I am excited to join you on this journey of self-discovery and growth. If you're ready to take that step, I'm here to support and guide you. Let's work together to help you achieve your objectives and lead a more fulfilling life.

As a trained behaviorist, my therapeutic approach draws from various methods to cater to your specific needs. I am well-versed in Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalysis, and Psychodynamic therapies. This means we can work together to change problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by exploring their unconscious meanings and motivations. I also emphasize the role of learning in shaping both normal and abnormal behaviors and the significance of thoughts in cognitive therapy. I firmly believe in aligning behavior with beliefs. I find immense satisfaction in assisting parents and children in understanding and connecting.

More Info About My Practice

In our initial session together, we'll embark on a comprehensive exploration of your therapeutic needs and expectations. I'll take the time to share details about my professional experience and therapeutic approach, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of how we can work together. We'll also discuss the importance of confidentiality and the unique aspects of virtual therapy, acknowledging any concerns or questions you may have. This first meeting is crucial in establishing a strong sense of trust and open dialogue, which I truly value. Throughout our interactions, your comfort and well-being are my utmost priority.

As a trained behaviorist, I'm here to help! I use various therapeutic methods to customize our sessions based on your unique needs. From Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic therapies, we'll explore and address any problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts together. I strongly believe in the power of learning to shape both normal and abnormal behaviors, as well as the significance of thoughts in cognitive therapy. My goal is to support you in aligning your behavior with your beliefs. Working with parents and children brings me immense satisfaction as we build meaningful connections together. Let's embark on this journey of self-discovery and growth!

Treatment method(s)
1. Christian Counseling - Embrace the power of God's word as the ultimate authority! Seek guidance from the Holy Spirit and let it convict you. Remember, God promises to heal the broken-hearted, and our identity is found in Christ. Let the word of God illuminate your standing, identity, and relationships with others.

2. Relational - We examine our connections with others, both in the past and future. I delve into the realm of communication through the lens of trauma reactivity and guide you on enhancing it. Together, we will discover techniques that empower you to extend the benefit of the doubt and embrace positive intentions while communicating. Let's foster meaningful connections!

3. Compassion Focused - Developing compassion for oneself and others is a fundamental aspect of my approach. Traumatic experiences and well-intentioned comments, sometimes even personal attacks, can lead us astray from reality and into a realm of fiction. It's common to believe the worst about ourselves while exaggerating the impact on others. Together, we will explore how to genuinely acknowledge, evaluate, and embrace your strengths and limitations.

4. Group Therapy - Group therapy is where skills are learned and connections are made. Join my Interpersonal Groups for a deeper understanding of emotional development and behavior analysis. Support Groups for those who've experienced the ups and downs of life, from miscarriage to workplace woes. And make sure to take advantage of my parent-child relationship groups! Get ready to level up your skills with these awesome groups.

5. Couples Counseling - Spice up the relationship by creating an unbreakable alliance. Tackle the mental load head-on and observe your communication style to truly hear each other. Let's build a partnership where listening and problem-solving are the main acts. And remember, when dealing with issues of infidelity and abuse, a whole new approach is on the menu. Stay strong!

Top Specialty
1. Spirituality - I endeavor to demystify the concept of spirituality, demonstrating its real-world implications and breaking down the false divide between spiritual beliefs and interpersonal interactions. We'll investigate the misconceptions that can lead to mental health struggles and illuminate spirituality's true, holistic value in everyday life.
2. Anger Management - Anger is often an underappreciated emotion, frequently misinterpreted and mishandled. In my practice, I guide individuals to differentiate between emotional responses and behavioral reactions. We'll explore alternative ways to manage emotions and develop clear, assertive communication for when you're feeling angry.
3. Parenting - While the main emphasis is not solely on parenting, my aim is to empower parents with the essential skills to effectively handle frustration and enhance distress tolerance in their parenting roles.

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

I have a knack for helping people develop emotional intelligence and manage their anger effectively. I've worked with many individuals who have experienced trauma and have supported parents on their journey to compassionate parenting. Each person is unique, and my therapy space is a safe, judgment-free zone where you can explore your feelings freely. My therapeutic approach is like a smoothie?I blend different methods to create something delicious just for you. The journey to self-discovery and growth can be challenging, but it?s also thrilling. Ready to take that leap? I'm right here, ready to support, guide, and laugh with you. Let's embark on this journey together and help you lead a life brimming with fulfillment!

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California, Missouri and Texas with over 6 years of experience working as a psychocounselor, behavior modification specialist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, substance use, LGBT-related issues and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

    My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and narrative therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

    I look forward to working with you!

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Spiritual Counselling

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