Dr. Glynis Watkins earned her PhD in Counseling Studies from Capella University after completing her Master's degree at the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, Glynis returned to her hometown of Broken Bow and started Full Life Family Resource Center where she is the Clinical Director and provides counseling to children, adults and couples. When counseling with children, Glynis often uses sandtray therapy which involves having children use miniatures to create their world in the sand. With older children and adults she primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on solutions, encouraging clients to challenge distorted thoughts and change destructive patterns of behavior. She has recently been trained in the Gottman Method of Relationship Counseling and provides couple's counseling in weekly sessions or in a 3-day retreat setting. Glynis and has been a counselor for 17 years and was a teacher 13 years prior to that. She has raised 3 children, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, doing new things and going to different places.
Paula has a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Counseling, a Master's degree in Human Services Counseling, and an expected PhD degree in Advanced Studies in Human Behaviors to be conferred January 2018. Paula has worked her entire career to help children and families in various areas including: Child Protective Services worker/supervisor, Public Career Teacher and Virtual Lead Teacher in K12 online, with experience in Special Education, and Individual and Family Counseling. Integration of various therapy techniques are used including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), to change thoughts and beliefs about oneself, which change thought processes and ultimately the unwanted behaviors. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), teaching skills of emotion regulation, distress tolerance/resiliency, and interpersonal effectiveness. Paula works with Children, Adolescents, and Adults through Individual and Family counseling sessions weekly, with issues such as Depression, Anxiety and panic attacks, PTSD, and Trauma-related issues among many others. Paula works mainly in clients' homes in McCurtain, Choctaw, and Pushmataha counties to accommodate those who have physical or financial difficulties that would prevent them from traveling to the main office. Paula is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is affiliated with the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Oklahoma Counseling Association (OCA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Oklahoma Christian Counselor's Association (OCCA) and the National Honor Society (NHS).
Chelsea Richardson grew up in south central Oklahoma in the Ardmore area. She moved to Broken Bow in 2010 to be closer to her husband's family. Chelsea graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Christian Counseling in 2013 and her Master's degree in Professional Counseling in 2017. Chelsea is a Licensed Professional Counselor and welcomes individuals, couples, families, and groups. Areas of focus include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, adhd, grief and loss, and trauma. Chelsea uses an eclectic approach to counseling that is based on the client's needs. Typical approaches used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Training, Person-Centered, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) and Play Therapy. Chelsea is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider. She accepts Soonercare and is in network with BCBS, Cigna, Humana, and UMR. Chelsea and her husband, Levi, have three young daughters and outside of work, she enjoys crafting, knitting, reading, and spending time with her family.
Heather Payne is a 2004 graduate of Broken Bow High School, and a long-time resident. In 2008, she and her family moved to New York where her husband was stationed with the U.S. Army. In 2011, she and her family returned to the Southeastern Oklahoma area after her husband's medical retirement. In 2015 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU). In 2020, she was recognized as an Honor Graduate from the Clinical and Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) master's program at SOSU where she graduated with highest honors. She is as member of Chi Sigma Iota Sigma Epsilon chapter (national honor society for counseling), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Heather is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Candidate and working toward completing her clinical hours to obtain licensure. Heather uses an eclectic approach to counseling in that she incorporates a variety of techniques including talk therapy, art therapy, play therapy, bibliotherapy, role playing and other therapeutic methods to assist clients with regaining control of their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Her theoretical orientation includes both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) where she focuses on assisting individuals with identifying, challenging and altering dysfunctional and irrational thought patterns that lead to issues such as anxiety, depression, and anger. By focusing on the illogical thought patterns associated with the client's issues, the counselor can assist the client with identifying dysfunctional thought patterns, reframing these thoughts, and creating healthier alternative thought patterns that allow healthier thinking and empower the client to regain control of his or her thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Her areas of focus include, but are not limited to PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, and personality disorders, and she has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Heather is married with four children and she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, hiking, and water activities.