Marcy Conner M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC
I am the owner and founder of Compassion Centered Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. I have worked in a private practice setting since 2009 with many wonderful individuals and couples. My areas of expertise are primarily in work with clients struggling with trauma, PTSD, and complex trauma, anxiety, stress, marital/relationships, pre-marital, parenting, blended families, life transitions, depression, grief/loss, bipolar disorder, anger and women’s issues. I also enjoy helping clients who are interested in addressing their issues through the lens of their spirituality.
Professional Development: It is extremely satisfying for me to be a lifelong learner. The field of psychology is rapidly changing with new developments in research and education. As a result, I regularly attend seminars on a variety of mental health and psychology topics such as the treatment of anxiety, trauma, couples counseling, relationships, parenting, mindfulness, EMDR, attachment and the neurobiology of psychotherapy.
I became certified with the Couples Institute and The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy in order to help couples resolve issues and create strong, loving relationships. Additionally, I am certified from the University of Texas Arlington/School of Social Work in Trauma and Abuse.
I am very excited about the addition of EMDR to my trauma focused training . This training through EMDRIA has contributed to my continued professional growth in the field. I am currently a certified therapist in EMDR and a member of EMDRIA since August 2018. (For more information about EMDR, please refer above to “About EMDR” under the Services tab). That all said, in spite of all of the continuing education, life is the best teacher. I learn from the interactions with my clients and experiencing their transformations in our counseling relationship. I also attribute much of my knowledge about the ups and downs of life to the lessons I have learned in my own challenges and in raising my three children. I have learned that life always presents challenges and the ability to move through those difficulties with a strong sense of self is important.
My Background: I have spent most of my life living in Texas; however, I did have an opportunity as a military spouse to live overseas in Okinawa, as well as Maryland and Virginia. I am a big believer in self-care, and (try to) practice what I preach by participating in fun stimulating activities such as walking, cooking, reading, creative projects and spending time with family and friends.
After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Psychology and a Master’s of
Education in Counseling from Texas Tech University, I worked in the field off
and on while being relocated as a family in the United States Navy. I enjoyed time being
a mom and volunteering in numerous opportunities that were presented to me. I
returned to the field in 2008 and received my License as a Professional
Counselor in 2009. I added the LPC Comprehensive Supervisor Training to my license in
2016, in order to provide clinical supervision to clinicians working toward their Professional Counselor Licensure, (LPC).
It has been over 30 years since I began my studies and learning in the field of Psychology and Counseling. I have never regretted my choice since my first psychology class my senior year of high school. I have learned volumes from the many unique and wonderful clients I have worked with over the years both as a volunteer and counselor in my early beginnings and an LPC in later years.
I have counseled individuals in a rehabilitative medical setting and pain management. I worked with a Children’s Advocacy Center helping children and family members find healing from the trauma of sexual abuse. I gained experience for several years working with adults, adolescents, couples and families in private practice settings.
What I love about my career: I am passionate about my gift to make a difference in someone’s life through my education and experiences. I am a “transformation junkie”. I realize more than ever that it’s okay where a person is and it’s okay where they are going. My hope is that I can guide the path forward with positive intention and choices, healing, and growth. Each client and couple brings something special to the counseling process and I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to share in some small part of my clients’ journeys.
Working with couples is both challenging professionally and fulfilling personally. I love a challenge. And having experienced my own personal relationship losses, I am strongly motivated to provide effective therapy for couples with disconnection, emotional pain, insecurity and conflict. I am excited to be a part of the forefront of modern psychotherapy to provide effective options to couples in counseling for greater success in achieving developmental milestones and relationship fulfillment.
I am very passionate about determining the right fit between myself and my client(s) with the belief that the relationship can be the catalyst for healing and growth as well as an environment of safety and non-judgement. Clients have described me as authentic, with a warm and soothing presence, and my therapeutic style is direct, supportive, and educational. I utilize a wide variety of therapeutic skills, and incorporate educational components that effectively promote change by facilitating a client through self-awareness and emotional healing, setting goals, effectively managing their psychological health, and increasing their coping and tolerance to promote their experience of greater success in life overall.