In many circles, mental health has a stigma attached to it. But the pain and stress that exists for our population, most especially our minority populations, is too great to go unaddressed. Stigma should not prevent you from taking care of yourself. You matter too much.
So what can be done? A group of diverse community stakeholders got together and created accessible programs via two amazing counseling agencies that are focused on racial stress and trauma. Scholarships for these counseling spots are provided. Contact either the Jones Center or Eason Counseling and Associates to learn more.
Watch this clip between Dr. James Hawkins, of The Joshua Center, and VaShonda Eason, LCSW, of Eason Counseling, discuss Mending Racial Pain, and why it's so important for our community.
In addition to many services, The Joshua Center provides counseling for people struggling with race-related stress, pain, and trauma.
The Joshua Center often integrates spirituality in practical ways into their work, when appropriate. They work very hard at being "bilingual," or striving to meet people where they are spiritually and only including such services as fitting and as wanted by the client. The Center takes a team approach to the healing process, and their professional counselors practice within professional and ethical standards established by the ACA and AAMFT.
At the Joshua Center, you will be loved, respected, and challenged to move toward wholeness in your life.
Eason Counseling & Associates' mission is to provide a safe and private environment for individuals, couples, and families to navigate through their most difficult and challenging times. Counseling is available for all ages for those experiencing race-related stress, pain, and adjustment to trauma in addition to other services.
Eason Counseling & Associates maintains the purpose of meeting the client where they are in order to ensure a foundation of empathy, trust and respect to process through life experiences. They aim to become a partner and allow the client to lead the way in their own mental health journey. They practice a person-centered approach framework through training in Solution Focused Interventions, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) techniques.
At Eason Counseling & Associates you will receive therapy that empowers you and Northwest Arkansas one family at a time.
VaShonda Eason, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas and has served the mental health needs of the Northwest Arkansas area since 2004.
VaShonda is clinically trained in building and maintaining relationships and has years of experience providing counseling services in the Northwest Arkansas and River Valley school districts. She has provided therapy to clients of all ages, maintaining the purpose of “meeting the client where they are at” to ensure a foundation of empathy and a safe place to process through life struggles. VaShonda practices from a person centered framework through training in Solution Focused Interventions and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Techniques. She is also EMDR certified and can utilize that technique to best assist her clients. VaShonda has been providing counseling services to clients, including college students and adults in a private practice setting since 2012.
VaShonda served as Clinical Advisor and Regional Director for a local agency, training and supervising multi-disciplinary teams to provide ethical and effective services to the community. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their full potential, despite the everyday struggles life may present.
Silena Scott, MA received her Master of Arts in Human Services-Marriage and Family from Liberty University and is currently a third year PhD-MFT student at Northcentral University. For over a year she has served the elder community of NWA as a Director of Social Services. While her primary focus has been the elder community, she has experience which children and young adults. She is a systemic therapist who is passionate about providing mental health services to
individuals, couples, and families.
She is a PREPARE/ENRICH certified facilitator. She believes healthy couples and marriages are the foundation to lasting families and raising empowered individuals. She likes to encourage and support individuals, families, and couples through their point of dysfunction and collaborate with them to arrive at a healthier place. Her direct but warm personality allows others to feel strongly supported, yet gently handled which facilitates a genuine therapeutic rapport.
Ryan Pearson is completing his Master of Social Work from Walden University, set to graduate in November 2020 and received his Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management from Arkansas Tech University in 2013. He has worked in the Mental Health field with clients ranging from children to adolescents, families, and adults. He worked with individuals in Russellville, AR from 2012 to 2015, and has been serving clients in Northwest Arkansas since 2015. Ryan has experience working in a variety of settings such as schools, residential facilities, and community-based organizations.
Ryan’s genuine personality and sense of humor allows his clients to feel comfortable and safe in building a nurturing relationship, allowing him to assist them in bettering their mental health and wellness. He has experience working primarily with clients with behavioral issues as well as those facing anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and social skills/peer relationships. Ryan believes in empowering his clients to lead their own mental health journey using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Psychosocial Development theory interventions to help them reach their goals. His passion for creating positive change in his clients’ lives and throughout his community shows in all aspects of his practice.
Daisy Bonilla, LCSW, received her Master of Social Work from New York University and then relocated back to the NWA area that she now calls home. Daisy is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish and loves being able to connect with clients and families of all cultures. She has worked tirelessly to empower communities in Northwest Arkansas for over 7 years as a social worker by always “meeting people where they are”.
Daisy helps individuals navigate life stressors through an open and nonjudgmental approach. Her specialties include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT. She also specializes in addressing intergenerational trauma through a systemic approach, especially amongst immigrant families. While her primary focus has been with adolescents, couples and families, Daisy also has experience working with adults across their lifespan as an inpatient social worker in hospice care, guiding patients and families through the many barriers that arise from living with terminal illness and facing end of life concerns. Daisy has extensive experience working with clients struggling with marital problems, depression, self harm, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, behavioral issues, grief, and racial identity challenges. Daisy is also an affirmation therapist who is passionate about providing mental health services for LGBTQIA+individuals, as well as including faith based approach if desired during treatment.
Daisy is passionate about creating a supportive and empowering environment in therapy for clients through building a safe space to explore and discover who clients are without fear nor sacrificing any of the parts that make up their intersectional identities.
Shakira Eakins, LCSW, CCTP-1, received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas. For over 8 years she has served the people of Northwest Arkansas as a mental health professional. While her primary focus has been with children, adolescents and families, she also has experience working with adults across the lifespan. She has treated clients struggling with depression, self harm, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, grief, and racial identity challenges. She is also an affirmation therapist who is passionate about providing mental health services for LGBTQIA individuals.
Shakira is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a Level 1 Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She believes in the importance of the brain-emotion connection when working with clients. She likes to meet individuals and families where they are, allowing them to take the lead in their mental health journey. Her down-to-earth personality allows others to feel at ease and facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship.