I love being a therapist. I'm grateful to have a career that is both rewarding and challenging. I find everything about this field fascinating, and I am constantly learning new things. Growing up in a household that practiced the “suck it up and keep it moving” approach and seeing firsthand clients struggling with mental health but not reaching out for help because of shame fuels my passion for ending the stigma around mental health, specifically among marginalized communities.
My career in the mental health field started in 2010, working for the local mental health authority crisis center and its mobile outreach team. During that time, I gained extensive knowledge in serious mental illness symptomology, diagnosing, crisis assessments, suicide assessment, self-harm, differentiating between psychosis, delirium, and drug-induced psychosis, case management, and emergency detentions. I have continued honing my skills while working in a hospital setting.
I started working in private practice in 2014. During that time, I worked with adolescents, couples, families, and individuals and began figuring out what clients I worked best with and defining my current niche. In 2017 I opened my private practice Empowering You Counseling Services, LLC, in San Antonio, TX. www.empoweringyoucounselingservices.com.
I now primarily work with anxiety, ADD, depression, suicide/self-harm, shame, and trauma. I am trauma-informed and currently being trained in EMDR. My leading theory is Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), but I often incorporate Narrative, Somatic, and CBT techniques.
April Schoonover TX LPC Supervisor
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