About Me

I am a licensed counselor in the state of Missouri who enjoys working with any age range, but especially teens. I have worked with teens in two different residential locations in Missouri. In one, I worked with female teens who were struggling with substance use, fear, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, abuse and sexual assault. The other site was similar but was male and female.

I believe that each client be treated with warmth, respect and value. Each session is a safe place without any judgment. My approach varies depending on the specific needs and goals of each young person. I utilize mindfulness, CBT, DBT or Motivational interviewing the most.

I know that currently with the added challenges we are all facing from COVID, life has been more difficult for many. I commend you for reaching out to seek assistance fir your young person in navigating their daily challenges and seeking a more fulfilling, happier life. I would be honored to work with them in reaching towards whatever changes and goals they desire.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with your teen in whatever area of life they are seeking help.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #2018043311 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Darla McAdams. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.

Written by C.H. on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 10 months on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues

Darla is a Great Listener and is picking up on things that I am not seeing nor hearing.
She is very good at what she does.

Written by J.E. on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Darla listens, encourages, and challenges me to continue to find ways to center, acknowledge, and trust what my needs are. She has established a safe space for me to be vulnerable and offers accountability with grace based on what I’ve shared my values are. I’m grateful for the the ways that our sessions have shaped my healing journey and have seen noticeable growth in myself and an improvement in my personal boundaries and relationships. She is a gifted treasure and I could not imagine my village without her contributions.

Written by M.A. on Jun 16, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 1 month

My daughter has trouble opening up about her feelings … but she has complete trust & openness with Darla. I’m so very grateful for her expertise & wonderful way with my girl.

Written by J.A. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Darla has challenged me to break out of my comfort zone and embrace aspects of my life I kept in the closet for so long. I really can’t recommend her enough!

Written by A.N. on Apr 28, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Darla really works with you and tries to consult what your currently facing and it's an excellent ear.

Written by S.E. on Mar 29, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Darla has been very helpful in helping me understand things about myself. She’s helped me realign my thinking in more positive and constructive ways.

Written by S.I. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Darla is very intuitive, compassionate, and patient. I am very grateful for her help and guidance. It has made a huge difference in my life and helped me to adapt and grow with all of life's changes.

Written by M.I. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

Darla is a great counselor to work with. She offers patience, kindness, and reassurance in all of our sessions. As part of the LGBTQ+ community, I feel seen and heard in our sessions when I bring up topics around this part of my life. Darla's approach is to teach you lifelong lessons, a lot of which I have saved in my personal journals to reflect on long after our sessions. She helped me to reframe my thinking to a more positive outlook. She suggested various resources outside of our sessions to support my journey as well, such as workbooks/worksheets and mindfulness apps and activities. She truly cares about you as a person which makes it very easy to open up to her. She will let you talk about things when you're ready but will also ask you tough questions to get you thinking. This is the most success I have had with a counselor to date. I am truly grateful for Darla.

Written by L.A. on Mar 25, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She’s awesome

Written by S.I. on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Darla has been AMAZING with giving me support in areas that I have struggled. Darla has been great at helping me learn ways go cope with my anxiety surrounding so many different things. Darla is well rounded in experiences so it's easy to talk to her about anything

Written by L.A. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Darla for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Over the past 8 months, Darla has helped me process some major life changes (I got married, relocated cross country, had to quit my old job and start a new career). Her insights and guidance have supported me through these transitions and she's given me great awareness of old patterns that no longer serve me. Every session I walk away with a valuable nugget to take with me into the next week. I've learned how to catch my anxious thoughts and reframe them to be more helpful, positive, and realistic. My social anxiety has decreased significantly and I'm more comfortable and compassionate with myself - rather than holding myself to a "perfect" standard. We've worked a lot on expectations and healing childhood wounds. I've experienced great personal growth - I see it and feel it within myself. She creates a safe space, asks tough, meaningful questions, and is both supportive and honest.

Written by C.H. on Nov 07, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Darla is compassionate and knows how to make well educated suggestions.

Written by H.A. on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Does a great job

Written by A.D. on Oct 28, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

I have been working with Darla for just over 6months now and I cannot thank her enough. I enjoy my sessions with her and as someone who never wanted to "be that guy who has therapy" I am so glad that I did and that I got to work with Darla. I have seen such an improvement in my anxiety and depression. I have learned a lot about who I am and what has shaped me to this day. I have learned skills to help myself control my negative thinking and calm myself down. I cannot recommend her enough.

Written by M.O. on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Darla is so caring and understanding I really felt comfortable sharing my most inner thoughts and feelings with her. I feel like a new woman after working with her!

Written by A.L. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Our interactions have just started, but it really feels like Darla makes the effort to meet her clients where they are at in their journey or recovery process. She creates an open space for dialogue, in a non-judge mental environment. She’s patient and she’s kind. I look forward to the weeks and work ahead with her. I have hope for the first time in awhile, and I hope this process helps me to understand myself and my situation in a way that will be constructive. Grateful to be matched with Darla.

Written by N.I. on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Darla listens to you and gives you a chance to fully express whatever is on your mind. She makes great suggestions and is willing to be straight forward with you in a gentle manner of speaking. She’s helped me a lot with my anxiety and is helping me manage my intrusive and negative thoughts. Thankful for God giving me a counselor who really understands cares and is empathetic to my situation.

Written by D.E. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I’m new to therapy, and I’ve been so happy working with Darla so far! After only a few sessions it feels like she really knows me, and I love how sincere she is. She’s so kind, and she has made me less nervous about being in therapy, and working on me in general

Written by L.O. on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Action based which I love! A great listener and very kind.

Written by S.A. on Jul 13, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 months

Darla has been instrumental in helping me break through some of my struggle to identify why I’ve dealt with addiction many times over in my life. Identifying the brokenness in my childhood and the narrative I’ve carried with me into my adulthood has been essential in my ability to recognize the pain that triggers my addictive behavior and then move on.

I’m not healed but I’m more mindful of the stressors and the self-talk that brings about the problems I’ve had. I’m grateful to Darla for helping establish healthy practices and encouraging me to be conscious, intimate and honest with myself and my family.

Written by R.A. on Jun 29, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Darla is easy to talk to. She is very knowledgeable and very willing to address any concerns I may have. I look forward to our sessions! I love learning different ways to become healthy in my thinking and she does a great job of explaining the reasoning behind my thoughts and how to correct and adjust them.

Written by N.I. on Jun 19, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Darla has been an amazingly understanding and helpful psychologist for me. she starts off seeming like she doesn’t have the ability to push you to get to the hard stuff which i’m sure she does so you can feel safe to actually get things out that you feel you can but she is more than capable of pushing you if you need her too so don’t let that worry you like it did me at the start.
she has had the ability to read in between the lines, how i work and what i need to get through my defences that i have put up around my mind.
i can’t recommend her enough, i’m sure if you need a softer touch she is also capable of doing that also.

Written by A.R. on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Darla is very attentive and she always makes me feel heard and understood. At the same tine we make progress on addressing the core issue instead of just putting a bandaid on immediate problems but not addressing long term plans. She’s a professional and excellent counselor to work with. I’d highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking help.

Written by J.A. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, and self esteem

Darla has been so helpful in working with me to find my goals and what I need to work on most. She is understanding and encouraging, and makes me feel like my growth is something to celebrate! Would highly recommend her to anyone, especially someone just starting therapy (as was my case). :)

Written by J.E. on May 06, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Darla is very sweet and kind. She makes you feel like you are not alone. She will commiserate with you and even share her own stories of her own life.

Written by B.A. on May 03, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks

Darla, seems to be very polite, patient, gracious, empathetic, and knowledgeable. She listens and gives positives for goals for next session, so you feel there is hope, and I like that.

Written by C.R. on Apr 28, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Darla has been an eye opening joy and success for my growth I will continue to use her therapeutic ways to continue to help guide me through the realizations of the past that lead me on this path through this journey. Thank you so much.

Written by E.L. on Apr 06, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Darla has been willing to do things at my pace while still moving forward. She is patient, understanding, and eager to help.

Written by M.I. on Apr 04, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

My time with Darla has been great, she really helped me realize my position in my life and made me think about it from a different perspective.

Written by M.A. on Apr 01, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Darla was incredibly kind and open during our sessions. I truly would've liked to continue with the work we were doing. I appreciate her generous spirit, and her supportive practice.

Written by C.O. on Mar 26, 2021 after therapy with Darla for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Darla is a great counselor who makes me feel comfortable in sharing the issues I need to work on.

Work with me!