How do you do? I'm Alexis McCray and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate supervised by Shawna Munson, MA, LPC-S in Texas. I joined Serenity House Counseling in March 2021.
I received my Associates of Science in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force in 2011. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Argosy University in 2014. I received my Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling in 2018 from Webster University-San Antonio. I am currently a student attending Mississippi College pursuing a Doctorate of Professional Counseling degree. I love going to the movies, traveling, and trying new foods.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my primary therapeutic intervention, seeing clients adults individually. All therapy is provided virtually with the exception of those residing in El Paso County, Texas. El Paso County residents are able to request face-to-face appointments on a case-by-case basis based on current local Covid-19 restrictions and space availability.
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I am Alaskan Native and African American. I grew up as a dependent while my father served in the Army. I joined the Air Force at 17 years old and served on active duty for 11 years until June 2017. My service includes one deployment to Kuwait in 2010. I have lived in 11 locations in the country and made the El Paso, TX area my home since April 2018. I continue to serve my military and veteran community by volunteering as the Chair of the El Paso County Veterans Advisory Board and I am a Peer Leader in the Women Veterans Network.
I enjoy working with veterans, service members, and their family members. My focus is on women veterans issues, veterans who have had suicidal ideation or survivors of suicide attempts, moral injuries such Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, colorism, toxic leadership within the military, and adjusting to military service transitions such as separations or retirements. Therapy is not associated with length of service, discharge status, or Veterans Affairs disability rating. I am passionate about what I do and dedicated to improving the quality of life for my clients by understanding firsthand the sacrifices our military and family members selflessly make. However, I also see the need to talk about the things we didn't have time to feel or unable to address while serving.
I recognize veterans and military members have unique needs and conduct themselves differently. I care about people and want the best for them in their lives. I have an easy-going, but direct therapeutic style. I am able to tell things how it is, which is preferred by most military and veterans. I am able to relate to the military lifestyle but also able to offer realistic insights and support through transitions. I believe people do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives.