Cherish is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Cherish's professional experience consists of work with individuals, couples, and families including children as young as 3 years old. She previously provided recruitment and training services to adoptive and foster parents. She was also a director at a behavioral healthcare center providing counseling, creating curriculum, and supervising other clinical staff. Cherish collaborated with local resources, schools, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals to obtain the best possible care for her clients. She has also provided individual, group, and family therapy at a residential treatment facility. Her volunteer experience includes working with homeless and at-risk individuals as well as adoption and foster care centers.
Cherish specializes in treating sexual, emotional, and physical trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, marital/pre-marital, life transitions, Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, addiction, and self-esteem. In her work with children, she utilizes therapeutic play treating issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, emotional disturbance, family conflict, and academic stress. With adolescents and teens, she has experience treating issues such as self-harm, self-esteem, improving coping skills and peer relationships. Cherish uses various techniques including Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is experienced in working with the LGBTQ community including couples therapy. Most recently, Cherish has pursued advanced training in the utilization of DBT.
Cherish has experience treating the military population including active duty, retired, disabled, and their families. She grew up in an area with a heavy military population and her brother is active duty Air Force currently deployed to Kuwait. This experience has given her a unique understanding of the experiences of military life. Cherish has provided treatment to this population related to PTSD, physical disabilities, and re-adjustment to civilian life. She has also worked at length with military families throughout her career as a therapist. Additionally, Cherish has experience treating police officers and their families.
In her free time, Cherish enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and spending time with her rescue dog, Princess Leia.