Cheryl Ivory, MA., LPC-S
Professional Statement and Bio
Cheryl started her educational path at Houston Community College where she received her Associates of Arts. There she gained her foundation in which she began to find her love for people.From there she went on to The University of St. Thomas where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She was introduced to a new culture. There were people out there who believed in the same God that she believed in, but it was different. She went to school with people from all over the world and began to learn about diversity; not only in class but also with the many friends that she met.
Having a desire to help people where they are, she knew that she needed more, so she decided to continue her education. Being an ordained minister, she wanted to embrace her faith while still learning how to help people to heal. She discovered a small graduate school that also embraced her beliefs. At the Houston Graduate School of Theology, she earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling; making history by being one of two of the first to graduate with this degree from this school. It was here that therapy came alive for her. She began her training in several different settings. A residential treatment center, working with young boys who have been abused. From there, she trained in a low cost therapy center, doing one on one therapy. The client she experienced working with people were from many different walks of life. To round out her training, she began to work in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where she gained experience doing group therapy along with providing individual therapy. She gained additional training from Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris (MHMRA). This training has prepared her to work with clients with a variety of psychological backgrounds and has enabled her to work with some renowned Psychiatrists along the way.Cheryl seems to bond with most clients as they sit in her “chair”. Her calming ambiance begins when they walk into her office. It seems to give peace to her clients, even before their enlightened session has begun.
Because she embraces who she is, she knew that being a black woman, she needed more to be marketable. So, at this time she is enrolled in a PhD program in Counseling. She continues to be a work in progress and is willing and able to help others go through their process. Her approach integrates many psychological methodologies and techniques to facilitate healing for her clients.
She believes that all people can be helped, one-way or another. This is seen as she exhibits her love and concern through her commitment to her clients through her soothing personality, which seems to calm people, make them feel comfortable while still feeling heard, and respected.
So the question arises, will I try to convert people or will I try to push my beliefs upon others. And the answer is… I am a Professional. I work from the perspective of healing using the tool taught me both through my faith and my education. I try to be all things to all people without being unreal.