Title: Licensed Professional Counselor
Company: Dr. Messina & Associates
Location: Hurst, Texas, United States
Ashlea Palafox, LPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, a licensed professional counselor at Dr. Messina & Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Healthcare Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of mental health counseling.
Drawing on more than 10 years of experience in her chosen profession, Ms. Palafox has found success through her role at Dr. Messina & Associates since 2021. In this capacity, she helps individual patients and families throughout the course of their treatment for various mental health disorders, as well as creating goals, formulating diagnoses, building relationships with clients, and intervening when necessary. Long dedicated to availing herself on behalf of others, she previously utilized dance and movement therapeutic techniques in private practice at Moving Toward Health from 2018 until 2021, during which time she helped patients achieve a new outlook and distance themselves from old patterns that were no longer serving them. Well-regarded for her accomplishments in this regard, Ms. Palafox was bestowed with a Creative Arts Therapist of the Month Award.
Ms. Palafox studied dance at Texas State University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in 2006. Following this accomplishment, she undertook several dance and movement internships at medical facilities in Chicago from 2014 to 2015, after which she graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a master’s degree in movement therapy and counseling in 2016. Eminently qualified in her area of expertise, she has been licensed as a professional counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors since 2017, and as a registered dance/movement therapist by the American Dance Therapy Association since 2016. Looking toward the future, Ms. Palafox is enthusiastic about becoming certified in hypnotherapy, another modality she hopes to utilize for specific patients dealing with trauma.
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