Dr. Megan Pickens, LPC-S

Our Founder & CEO

Specialties:

High Achieving Black Women (HABW™) | Healthy Masculinity in Black Men | Emotional Abuse Recovery | Healthy Boundaries | Couple and Marriage Counseling

Populations Served:

Adolescent | Adult | Couple | Family

Who is Dr. Me(e)gan

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Dr. Mēgan was once a High Achieving Black Woman (HABW™) who struggled with setting boundaries in all of her relationships. During a ten-year troubled relationship, she learned that the more you accept and allow people to take what they want, the more they will continue to take. She worked in the counseling field for several years before realizing that she had a calling to help other HABW™, specifically black women who have been socialized to believe that the only normalcy is not having healthy boundaries. Especially those who are therapists and in other helping professions. Dr. Mēgan specializes in helping HABW™ establish boundaries within all areas of life and also helps combat negative beliefs about masculinity specifically for them. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Mēgan facilitates group therapy sessions for HABW™ who have experienced trauma due to emotional abuse, family influence, or relationship trauma.

Dr. Mēgan is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned her master’s in family therapy at Friends University, followed by a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Mēgan is certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been treating clients for nearly 20 years. Currently, she serves as the President of TACES (Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision), a division of the Texas Counseling Association.

Dr. Mēgan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. She provides supervision and training for counseling students and associates new to the field (about LPC Supervision). Her supervision services include professionals who have been directed to obtain additional training by BHEC after a board complaint. That information can be found here: (Supervision for Professionals).  For information on (Practicum Placements) for students, check this out.  Additionally, she travels to speak about mental health issues and how they relate to life experiences. She is an engaging speaker willing to be transparent about her own experiences in life and business.

Personally, her interests include documentaries and independent films. Also, music and dancing for fitness.  Her expanded interests include local politics and the media’s positive portrayal of Black people. Dr. Megan’s favorite thing to do is travel internationally. Proudly, she has been a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. member since Spring 1997 and is active in the Arlington Alumnae Chapter.

Dr. Mēgan is active in church and is a volunteer board member with organizations whose mission is to empower women, educate the community about, and combat domestic violence and destigmatize mental health in multicultural societies. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas Wesleyan University in Marriage & Family Therapy. She successfully defended her dissertation The Impact of the Strategic Family Therapy Intervention of Seeding Ideas on High Achieving Black Women in Emotionally Abusive Relationships in August 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her primary research interests concern Black women and the intersections of emotional abuse, high achieving Black women, Microaggressions, and survivors of Narcissistic Abuse. Dr. Mēgan is a published author on Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy in the 2nd Edition of Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach. She also published The Sister Code, a guide to better relationships between women and girls.

Business

  • Private Practice Revolution
  • Where in the World is Megan?
  • Baked Therapy

Community

  • Multicultural Behavioral Health Provider Network (MBHPN)
  • Call to Action Mental Health (CTAMH)
  • Meet a Black Mental Health Professional

Dr. Mēgan is an engaging speaker willing to be transparent about her own experiences in life and business. She has taken part as a panelist for professional associations, non-profits, private events, and local churches as an expert on relationships and mental health, internet radio and television commentator, and a live streaming event expert. Dr. Mēgan presents seminars, workshops, and groups on various topics. Topics include personal growth, personality assessment, relationship restoration, divorce prevention, marriage enrichment, women’s empowerment, boundary setting, depression, and the church. Her overall goal is stigma reduction related to mental health in the Black family, Black church, and Black community. Dr. Mēgan is part of Call to Action Mental Health, a powerhouse collaboration of Black Women intent on addressing mental health issues in the Black community.

My Approach

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 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. As a Strategic Therapist, I identify solvable problems, set goals based on client desires, design interventions to achieve those goals, and examine the responses and outcome of our therapy sessions.

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 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 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.

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"If you wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down." —Song of Solomon, 1977 - Toni Morris