Hey! I'm Dr. Mēgan Pickens. I spent ten years in a troubled relationship and am no stranger to learning to set boundaries. I struggled with setting boundaries for several years and can empathize with others who do. My work with clients is where I specialize in helping High Achieving Black Women (HABW™) set boundaries in their relationships and ask for what they need. My other specialty includes combating negative beliefs about masculinity.
Any disharmony in a relationship is painful, yet with genuine and eager willingness, couples have the power to recreate their relationship in a way beneficial to both spouses. People often come into counseling feeling wounded by their partner, feeling as if trust and passion are gone. The person they once loved and wanted to their lives with has become a stranger to them. I have been through the pain of divorce; I want to help others navigate that process and avoid feeling that same pain level.
My goal is to encourage my clients to "keep it real" during sessions. I believe that as I attempt to bring my authentic self to the counseling process, it will motivate my clients to do the same. I believe in your ability to change and improve your situational issues. During counseling sessions, I balance being gentle and direct when needed. There is no judging or criticism of your choices, but I hope to help you see different perspectives of your situation to ensure you make the best choices for success. As a professional, to ensure that I provide you with quality services, I remain up-to-date in my training, clinically sound, and non-judgmental in my approach.
As a native of Kansas City, Kansas, I studied psychology and sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After earning my bachelor's degree, I went on to earn a master's in family therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, later studying clinical, counseling, and applied psychology at Dallas Baptist University. Upon earning my LPC license in Texas, I founded my practice, The Volition Collective (formerly Family First Counseling), in 2009. As an LPC Supervisor, I provide supervision and training for counseling students and associates new to the field.