Londa Kauffman Bissell earned her Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Montreat College, Asheville, NC. Her degree was conferred in August, 2018. She currently holds a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate provisional license, with a license number A14310. I have been working in the counseling field for approximately 1.5 years.
I am currently working as a school based therapist for a local intermediate (5th and 6th grade) school where I serve students who are in need of therapeutic support. I also work at an office and do part-time private practice work. The individuals I serve often struggle with emotional distress related to interpersonal and/or family relationships, grief and loss, school performance, and/or trauma. I offer individual sessions, group sessions, and family sessions. As a counselor, I most closely identify with attachment theory. Attachment theory is broad and allows for a wealth of integrated counseling techniques. At the heart of attachment theory is the idea that we think, feel, and act in a more positive manner when we have healthy, secure attachments to our caregivers and important adults in our lives. I have been trained in Somatic, Attachment Focused EMDR (S.A.F.E.) which empowers the client to explore how their past is currently impacting the way they interact in close relationships and everyday life by helping them to shift their beliefs about themselves related to traumatic and/or stressful events in their past. I have also been trained and am seeking certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is a treatment model geared toward children who have experienced trauma in their lives. This model helps children and families to develop regulation and co-regulation skills, teaches them about the effects of trauma on the brain and body, and how to work through and make meaning of traumatic and/or stressful events in their lives. While these two theories are the foundation of my counseling practice, I use many other techniques including play therapy techniques, sand tray activities, experiential activities, DBT, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.