Laura Hodges is a Licensed Professional Counselor with vast experience in counseling individuals, couples, and children. She specializes in counseling individuals with issues of co-dependency, depression, anxiety, sexual issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anger issues, eating disorders, and women's issues, and through her Couples Counseling Program she can help couples build more meaningful and loving relationships. In addition, with Laura’s years of experience as a public school teacher and her school counselor training, she is knowledgeable about issues related to children and parenting.
As many issues actually mask feelings that need to be identified, Laura can help clients get to the core issues that are motivating behaviors such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, shame and anger issues. Throughout her many years of counseling, Laura has led and facilitated many groups, including Anger Workshop, Making Peace with Your Past, and Co-Dependency No More.
As lead therapist for the Meier Clinic day program in Virginia, she designed and was responsible for many of its group therapy programs including Communication Skills, Cognitive Restructuring, Spiritual Development, Relapse Prevention, Play Therapy, Self-Expression and Trauma Shame. She currently integrates many of these same programs in her individual and couples counseling.
Mrs. Hodges is a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is a network provider for New Life Ministries and other Christian associations.
Rita Dickson has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Arkansas State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. A native of the Bootheel of Missouri, she has lived and made her home in Jonesboro since 1996. She has worked clinically as a therapist in Nettleton Public Schools and Success Achievement Academy, helping children of all ages and their families work through issues of crisis intervention and stabilization, among other issues that affect overall healthy functioning.
Rita has attended training in (TF- CBT) Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in an effort to better serve those affected by physical and emotional trauma. She provides treatment to individuals, couples and families. Rita looks forward to working with you to provide support/ guidance on changing behaviors, achieving goals, addressing negative thought patterns and helping you to make overall improvements in life and overall functioning, so that you can live a more fulfilling life.
Rita works with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues including adjustment to change, grief, divorce, depression, anxiety, anger issues as well as physical and emotional trauma and behavior management.