MARSJA STEARNES

Marsja is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Marsja also has a Master’s in Science in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Arts in Clinical Community Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Marsja was born and raised in Texas, but has lived in many different places in the U.S. In addition to seeing clients with Elko Counseling Center, she is working on her fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Marsja gained her experience from a variety of professional environments—each of which have prepared her to be a compassionate and well-rounded therapist. Before entering private practice, Marsja worked as a Therapist at the San Antonio State Hospital on the Forensic Unit. She worked closely with doctors, nurses and techs as she conducted clinical intake interviews and administered personality and vocational assessments. She also worked closely with individual patients as well as family members to help strengthen relationships and enhance support for treatment and recovery. Marsja has worked in several nonprofit and community clinic settings including: Prairie View A&M University Psychology Clinic and Sam Houston State University where she provided short and long term counseling to college aged students suffering from severe and persistent depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and relational problems.

Through her ten plus years as a therapist, Marsja has grown to be a very well-rounded therapist. Her previous work experience coupled with her passion to help others has enabled her to connect with clients, couples and families yielding positive outcomes and progress. Marsja specializes in treating trauma related disorders to include PTSD, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorders, and family issues. She takes an integrated approach and collaborates with her clients to individualize care. Her clinical style is influenced by Cognitive Behavior Therapy and
Emotionally Focused Therapy, and she uses strength-based, evidenced-based approaches to provide psychoeducation and help shift dynamics to create change.

Marsja believes counseling can truly change someone’s life if the client and therapist trust and work together to meet the goals they have collectively set. She challenges her clients while offering support and guidance. She believes reaching out for help is a sign of strength and that a person will reap rewards for that risk, and she considers it an honor to support clients in this courageous journey.

For fun, Marsja enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling to see family living outside of Texas as well as exploring new places and things with her husband.