Life can be a complicated and messy journey full of challenges, trials, turmoil, regrets, or trauma that can leave you feeling like you are in darkness with no chance of recovery. Often times if given a safe space to think, reflect, and plan, we have tools to untangle the complicated web in our lives and the keys to unlock all types of personal wisdom and strength. If you are struggling with feelings of numbness, confused, anxiety, hopelessness, depression, anger, regret, shame, or self-doubt; know you don’t have to struggle and figure it out alone. My goal is to be the lighthouse to help you clearly see what may be hidden in the darkness and chaos; so that you may emerge with that warrior spirit of feeling stronger, wiser, and empowered.
My name is Mia Whiteside, and I am and LCSW-S in Longview, TX. I have been a social worker since 2004. I graduated with my Bachelors in Social Work in 2003 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Masters Social Work from Grambling State University. I have learned over the years that being willing to accept and utilize support when needed is key to helping you navigated and overcome the difficulties in life to grow to your maximum potential. I hope to be your co-pilot in helping to highlight your strengths to overcome those difficulties that may have put you at a crossroads. Sometimes teaching or reminding someone of the most simplistic things in nature can help them to find the peace they may be looking for.
Much of my experience has been working in medical settings and rural areas providing social work services, with Veterans and Active-duty military, trauma survivors, crisis management, and with Aging clients. I also have extensive knowledge with working with clients in poverty and Women’s issues. I am also active with working with adolescent and teens in my church with life issues. My client centered approach allows for you to identify your personal treatment needs and goals; so that I may help you to develop strategies, with utilizing your strengths, to help you get to your desired destination. I am trained in Prolonged Exposure and certified in Motivational Interviewing. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, self-esteem building, Safety, and Solution Focused strategies. I am adaptable with meeting you where you are on your journey. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your road to growth and healing to reach your desired goal.