anu ferguson, ms
doctoral student in clinical psychology
supervised by sandra davis, psyd
I am a doctoral practicum student, working towards my PhD in Psychology, specializing in Clinical Psychology, at Walden University. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Walden University.
I am passionate and committed to providing culturally sensitive mental health services to individuals from all walks of life. I chose to become a wellness professional when I noted the existing disparities and inequalities in the provision of effective mental health services to persons from minority groups. As a bilingual individual with French as a first language, I am very much aware of the multicultural layers of identity that encompass a person’s uniqueness. My life experience in various countries and cultures has allowed me to gain awareness and knowledge of many cultural norms and values. As such, I am dedicated to creating an environment where a family or a person’s culture, background, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are incorporated into therapy. I strive to create a comfortable therapeutic alliance with my clients in which they feel supported, heard and guided through life’s challenges.
My first experience in the helping profession was at “The Children of Sarah Orphanage” as a youth counselor. I worked with children ranging from infancy to adolescence dealing with various issues such as loss of parents or loves ones, surviving a civil war, famine, abuse, and neglect. I also worked as a volunteer at “Genesis Women’s Shelter,” “Center of Hope,” and “Mosaic Family Services.” My role consisted of helping to provide a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including human trafficking and domestic violence among women and children.
My experience includes administering, scoring, and interpreting various clinical assessments, as well as the assessments of clients possessing a variety of emotional, mental, and behavioral problems. I also have psychotherapy experience helping adolescents, adults, couples, and families work through various issues and conflicts. As a clinician in training, I have learned that people may not always remember what was said in therapy, but they will most likely remember and internalize the way they felt. Great patient care requires empathy, dexterity, and the ability to work with diverse populations. My ultimate goal is to help others live a contented, happy, and fulfilled life with their loved ones.