Get to Know Me
Hi, my name is Tamicka Monson. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I have worked with youth, families, and adults in many capacities (schools, universities, summer camps, daycare, etc.) for over 15 years. I became a counselor because I enjoy seeing people heal, grow, and become the best version of themselves.
I specialize in working with people with a background of trauma, including sexual trauma and religious trauma. I have experience in working in areas of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and executive functioning, anxiety, depression, grief, posttraumatic stress disorder, racial and ethnic identity, women’s issues, and youth mental health. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming. As a Black woman, I enjoy helping other people of color heal from racialized trauma and realize they are enough.
I work with people to heal from their past and prepare for their future. My person-centered approach means I listen and try to understand what people’s needs are. Then, I form a partnership in helping them. I assist people through several modalities, including psychodynamic orientation with elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy techniques, positive psychotherapy, and solution-focused therapy.
I hold a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Southern Illinois University. I also hold a Master of Arts. I am a Certifid Clinical Trauma Professional. I also have training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Throughout my life experience and practicum experience at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault as a counseling intern, I often meet people who are hurting and need to be heard. In my role as a university access specialist, I advocated for college students with (primarily mental and cognitive, but also physical) disabilities, helping them obtain accommodations and work toward academic success. In addition, I work as a behavioral health assessor providing suicide risk assessments to children and adolescents.
In addition to individual and group therapy, I offer specialized support in social-emotional and behavior management trainings for non-profits that serve youth in K-5th grades. Also, I speak at a variety of events and offer topics on mental/emotional health, social justice, and work-life balance.
In my personal life I am an avid reader, writer, daughter, and sister.
If you are struggling in your life and feel like your back is against the wall, reach out to me for help. Together, we can help you heal, grow, and become the best version of yourself.
Tamicka Monson, MA, MS, LPC