Cheryl Arens, MEd, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Journeys Christian Counseling

Hi, I’m Cheryl.

In the counseling journey, I hope to walk alongside and help people as they address a variety of challenges and struggles throughout life. My passion became my profession when I left a career as a Systems Analyst and earned a Master’s of Education Degree in Counseling from Stephens College. As a Counselor, I look forward to joining you on your journey because meaningful change and/or healing can make a significant difference in the quality of your life and relationships.

I offer a safe, compassionate, and confidential environment where we will work together to build on your strengths and give you some new tools to overcome your unique difficulties. Maybe you need a little help moving beyond a bump in the road or you need supports as you are feeling overwhelmed like you’re pushing a boulder up a hill. Life difficulties come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

My goal is to best match therapy with your unique needs, personality, and life experiences. I use an integrated approach, leaning most heavily into attachment theory and drawing upon tools/techniques from cognitive-behavioral, experiential, structural, narrative, and psychoanalytic schools of thought. Spiritual truths are also a part of the mix as my Christian faith influences who I am as a person and counselor.

When individuals are part of a couple or family they become part of a system. By understanding and respecting this system, couples and families in therapy can experience meaningful change. I am certified in SYMBIS (Saving your Marriage Before it Starts) pre-marital counseling, and I enjoy Couples Counseling.  I have a heart for helping marriages because of the pain and hopelessness that can develop within a system under stress. Sometimes a little help can make a big difference! I am also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Educational/Professional

  • Owner of Journeys Christian Counseling
  • MEd. in Counseling, Stephens College, Columbia, MO
  • B.S. in Information Systems Management, University of Maryland
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Member of:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Contact me: cheryl@columbiapsychology.com or cheryl@journeyscomo.com