Monday, 19 March 2012 by Matthew Girard
Individuals, couples or families looking for some extra help in their lives have a new outlet in Belton.
In January, Licensed Professional Counselor Savannah Tucker opened her own counseling practice, Centex LPC.
"My passion was to work with couples and adolescents, so that's when I opened my practice here in Belton," Tucker said. "I like the sense of community and I liked that it was a small town, but has the potential for growth. It seemed like a really great place to offer community resources."
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American-Edinburg in 2005, Tucker then received her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2009. She then worked in Austin and Killeen before coming to Belton.
"I started my undergrad in psychology, knowing that I wanted to be a marriage counselor," Tucker said. "I got my Master's Degree in professional counseling from Texas State, specializing in marriage and family therapy.
"I did numerous internships and contract work to gain experience with familes and couples. A lot of the work I did was in Austin."
Through her practice, Tucker offers parenting counseling, anger management for men and women, marriage counseling, adolescent counseling and career counseling.
Tucker said she has a different approach to counseling than most would think of.
"It's not the traditional perspective where it's sad and negative," Tucker said. "Everything is very solution focused when clients come and see me. We always talk about what their goals are and how together, we can make it happen."
She said she loves being able to not only help individuals, but the whole family.
"For example, if I have a 16-year-old come in with anxiety, it's great because I can help that one adolescent and yet help the whole family at the same time," Tucker said. "Instead of helping just one person, you get to help five other people. That's what drew me into working with families, because you don't get to just touch one life through counseling, you get to help with more.
"The ultimate goal is how can we help two people figure out what's going to make their lives more successful and have a better quality of life."
Eventually, Tucker would like to open her practice up to others who are studying to become psychologists.
"The big idea, later down the road, is to open the practice up," Tucker said. "It's built for a group instead of a solo practice, so that I can train interns and offer them an opportunity for hours and learning at the same time."