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Abby Craighead, M.Ed


AREAS OF FOCUS

Individual Adults, Adolescents, Military/Veterans, First-Responders – Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Relational Issues, Addiction, Self-Esteem.
 

INSURANCES

Abby does not accept insurance at this time.  She offers a discounted rate for her services.


MY APPROACH

My approach to therapy is to provide a safe space to help individuals identify, problem-solve, and implement change and restore balance in the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and occupational realms of their lives. It is my belief that, as humans, we all experience internal and external imbalance and suffering that can make us feel “stuck” in the past, preoccupied with the future, and therefore, absent from the present moment and missing out on the opportunities of the here-and-now. By bringing intentional awareness to the power of our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs in keeping us “stuck” or moving us forward, we can begin to tap into the sense of safety, empowerment, freedom, and wholeness that we long for in our lives. My goal is to meet you where you are with honesty, empathy, safety, respect, and mutual commitment to help you meet your goals. 

MY STORY

I was born and raised in western Oklahoma, where I developed a love and passion of all things psychological and therapeutic during my very first psychology class in high school – and the rest is history. Naturally, I moved on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma in 2017, graduating with distinction. I finished my master’s from Oklahoma City University in Applied Behavioral Studies with a concentration in Professional Counseling in May 2019, graduating with high honors. Throughout my years as an undergraduate and graduate student, I have nurtured my passion for helping those experiencing work-related and relational stress and trauma, gaining experience with graduate veterans, active-duty military, first-responders, and civilians experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I also have experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, anger and impulsivity management, substance abuse, and other emotional and behavioral health impairment. As a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate, I am pursing licensure at New Path, as well as Oakwood Springs in Oklahoma City, OK, with the hopes to continue helping adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties due to trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, relational and occupational issues, and unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns. I will work from evidenced-based, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy frameworks in order to help individuals address life’s challenges that are complicated by trauma, depression, and anxiety.  

  

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

  • Separating from Service: The Mental Health Handbook for Transitioning Veterans by Eric Burleson

  • Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart by Capt. Dan Willis