ALEESA HARP, MS, LPC, NCC
Seeking out something different in your life can feel intimidating - especially in a world that doesn't make it easy to ask for help. I feel you - and I'm committed to meeting you right where you are.
Hi. I'm Aleesa. 👋
Not everyone experiences life the same way.
We all have different mindsets, perspectives, and histories that propel us to interpret events in our own way. This happens over and over - every single day.
So in theory, that makes us unique.
But that can also create confusion - rifts in relationships, feeling misunderstood, lonely, sad...and can eventually hold us back from wanting to experience anything at all.
Negative experiences can create painful roadblocks.
We all have barriers. It's how we respond to them or navigate around them or just plain ol' Hulk-smash them, that helps us feel successful.
When we feel successful, we like ourselves more. When we like ourselves more, it's easier to push towards what we want to accomplish. I'm committed to helping you navigate your journey to living your best life.
I'm a little peculiar. It took a long time for me to be content with me being me. I find small talk to be infuriatingly difficult. I try to impress with popsicle joke one-liners. I play WOW (World of Warcraft) on the weekends. And I love to trail-hike in sandals. (I understand if you exit your browser tab for that last one.)
But what I've discovered is that self-acceptance makes it so much easier to connect with others and to understand the vast range of peoples' everyday experiences.
Change is hard. Self-acceptance can be our motivator.
I’ve been professionally helping people in this way for the last five years. But the passion for serving others has been a lifelong journey.
I grew up playing Nintendo with neurodivergent clients in the waiting room of my father's clinic. There I met the most unique individuals - and there I realized our differences are what makes the world work.
From the waiting room, to helping launch and direct a family private practice, I cultivated my passion for seeing every person and for reminding others that we're worthy no matter our differences.
I hold a BS in Psychology from UNT and an MS in Counseling from SMU. Originally I was drawn to working solely with kiddos, but in my Master’s program, I solidified my ultimate passion for serving neurodiverse individuals, whether they're 4 years old or 64 years old. I've since specialized in autism and related severe anxiety challenges, especially in underserved populations.
I routinely contribute to research projects with other universities, and I’m always excited to learn more. I love helping move this profession forward — because it ultimately means helping people.
And I’d love to help you. Please let me know if you have any questions. Because we’re all in this together.