Alicia Harker, MDiv, MA, LPC
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Compassion brings me to this work, to come alongside you in the midst of your pain, your struggle, your chaos, your doubt, your discontent. Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Previous clients have described me in session as “real” and approachable. I’m here to immerse myself in the issues which contribute to dissatisfaction in your life and in your relationships in order for you to find healing and hope.
Keeping in mind that you are the best expert in yourself, we’ll join your knowledge of yourself with my professional expertise to recognize the “roots” that shaped who you are and how those roots influence the way you “do life.” With a greater self-awareness, you will be able to claim who you are and what you want and need in life and in relationships. Drawing from my extensive training in Family Systems Theory and Adlerian Theory we will tailor your sessions to your unique experience and perspective in life. Then coupling what we’ve learned about you, your problem and your experience we’ll utilize and intertwine the best of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Possibility Therapy and set in place a concrete plan for overcoming the challenges before you.
I’m an expert in helping you seize possibilities, shape your future as you want it to be, and part from patterns that simply don’t serve you. Sometimes, altering just the smallest facet in our relationships with our spouse, partner, child, employer or even with ourselves can result in lasting, successful change.
I’ve worked in the helping professions for almost 20 years. With this history of working “in the trenches” amidst diverse people and their problems, I earned a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School and a Master of Education Counseling from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. I’m uniquely qualified to not only address your problem from a psychotherapeutic standpoint, but also access your own faith as a resource amidst crisis and challenge. In addition to licensure as a professional counselor, I hold endorsement as a pastoral counselor.
I’ve been married to the love of my life for 14 years and together we parent our three children. Our family balances our professional work around our primary passion in life, our thriving family unit. This combination of work and life experience as well as a rich education has prepared me to work with couples and individuals on a wide variety of issues and concerns including, but not limited to:
- relationship and couple issues
- men’s issues
- women’s issues
- grief and loss
- coping with sudden or chronic illness or injury
- crisis intervention and management
- stress management
- parenting concerns
- caregiver fatigue
- faith based counseling
- spiritual/religious injury
- clergy populations
Things can change! You don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle that just doesn’t work! A life filled with hope, peace and joy is waiting for you. Start by doing just one thing different, contact me by by phone 214-547-1318 of by scheduling online: