Megan, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, is an empty nest parent of three adult children. She is a Christian and active in her church Freedom Church in Bedford, TX heading the Counseling Ministry.
Megan is the Past President of TexAMCD a division of the Texas Counseling Association and Compliance Officer board member of TACES a division of the Texas Counseling Association.
Her personal interests include independent film, music and the documented lives of other people.
Monday 10:00am to 5:45pm
Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:45pm
Wednesday 10:00am to 4:30pm
Freedom Church Counseling Center Hours:
Every Other Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm;
based on counselor availability
$120 to $140, extended session rates are higher
Accepted Insurances and EAP:
~ Alliance Work Partners (AWP)
~ EAP Consultants
~ Health Advocate EAP
~ United Healthcare (UBH/Optum)
Clinical Specialties: Marriage Counseling, Marriage Counseling for Couples on the Edge, Marriage Enrichment, Premarital Counseling, Women’s Issues, Men’s Issues and Adolescent Counseling.
Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, Minority Behavioral Health Networking Group, North Central Texas Counseling Association.
Megan is the founder of Family First Counseling, a private counseling practice located in Arlington, TX committed to providing affordable and competent counseling services to its clients and the owner of Private Practice Revolution. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas (#64995). Megan is trained in marriage & family therapy but practices as an LPC-S in the State of Texas. Megan’s specialty areas include Marital and Couple counseling and Women’s Issues specifically those related to High-Achieving Black women and girls. Megan has an extensive history working with clients in various settings (schools, inpatient hospital, correctional).
Megan is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Arlington Alumnae Chapter and Co-Founder of the Minority Behavioral Health Provider Networking Group (MBHPN) along with colleague Cynthia Thompson, LPC-S whom she provides training with as First Hope Training & Education. Megan is currently working towards a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. Her research interests include emotional abuse in relationships.
My approach to counseling comes from a systemic perspective. This means that I believe it is important to consider the individual, family and cultural systems that affect your well being. I am flexible in using a variety of techniques and life experiences based on the needs of my clients. I utilize an approach that is strengths-based and supported by my training in Family Systems, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
I work to help clients look for existing strengths that are often overlooked when in crisis. I will help you develop healthy ways of re-framing and handling obstacles. This approach increases the ability to communicate effectively and to develop the necessary coping skills for personal and relational growth. Therapy is different for everyone and there is no specific technique that is “one size fits all.” What this means to you is that our process together may be short and to the point or it may involve an extended journey of exploration.
I 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 am a firm believer in your ability to change and improve your situational issues. During counseling sessions I balance being gentle and being direct when you need it. There is no judging or criticism of your choices, but I hope to help you to see different perspectives of your situation to ensure you make the best possible choices for success. To ensure that I provide a quality level of service I remain up-to-date in my training, clinically sound and non-judgmental in my approach.
I know relationships of any nature, as everything else in life, take work. When you come to me, I am going to use my skills to help you understand each other again, to help you fill seemingly unbridgeable gaps, to help you heal wounds that feel like they will never heal. I offer no magic solutions; you will only get out of counseling what you are willing to put in it. I will help guide you and help you learn ways to communicate again and find a common language that you both understand. You must have a willingness to look at yourself honestly, in the process of creating a solution. I will help you establish a more healthy relationship. Along with assisting you in trying to truly understand where your spouse is coming from.
Any disharmony in the relationship is painful, yet with true and eager willingness couples have the power to recreate their relationship in a way that is 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 spend the rest of their lives has become a stranger to them. I have been through the pain of divorce and I want to help others avoid feeling that same pain.
Through hard work and a willingness to be honest in the relationship, I have seen couples rekindle their passion and commitment to the relationship. I enjoy working with pre-marital and married couples who want to improve their relationships. If you are looking for a counselor who has an opinion, who is honest and walks with integrity, I am the counselor for you. I will not take sides and I will tell you like it is. I stand only on the side of God, truth and love!
As an African American counselor, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with a broad variety of people from many different cultures, experiences, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. My own life has been rich in experience, enhancing my ability to empathize with others. In my experience I have learned that life and its struggles do not discriminate. Everyone has experienced the doubt, wavering of faith, loss and sometimes sadness that can come from everyday life.
If you are ready to change your life, I am here to help you. Making a significant change in your life or marriage starts by doing one thing different.
I have a passion for dispelling the myths and stigma of counseling among minorities. I believe that many people of minority backgrounds do not seek counseling because they feel they will not be understood or considered “crazy”. I hope to increase my work with couples from multicultural and multiracial backgrounds by maintaining a diverse staff and keeping in tune with the struggles of people from diverse cultures.” ~ Megan Pickens, MSFT, LPC-Supervisor