Anna Warren

annaMy name is Anna Warren.  I have been interested in listening to people’s experiences in life and helping them find their own way for as long as I can remember.  My formal education began when I was an undergraduate psychology major at The University of Mississippi working toward my Bachelor of Arts.  I went on to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University.

During this time of my professional journey, I was immersed in the scientific side of helping others which greatly contributed to my appreciation for using treatment methods shown to be effective for my clients’ various struggles.  I worked in the field of mental health for five years before going back to graduate school to become a counselor.  Specifically, I worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities on a team with providers from different backgrounds to develop the most effective treatments for patients.

The next chapter of my professional development mostly involved me administering psychological tests to individuals to assess for intellectual and developmental disabilities.  One of the consistent things I experienced throughout my time in school and working was my passion for sitting with clients and listening to their stories, including their joys and sorrows.  I found myself wanting to learn more about how best to help them find their own way.  For this reason, I went back to graduate school at The University of Mississippi and enrolled in the Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.  I am in the process of completing my last semester of coursework and am continuing to see clients, ultimately working toward licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I view my work with my clients from a humanistic perspective, believing in their ability to find their own way with the proper support.  The support I tend to offer is warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental.  As far as my theoretical orientation goes, I am very interested in mindfulness-based therapies and Jungian/analytical theory.  In addition to my passion for counseling, I thoroughly enjoy running outdoors, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and family, as well as with my sweet Vizsla.

Ben Stepp

benMy name is Ben Stepp, and I am a counselor in training in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at The University of Mississippi.  I work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds but have done a great deal of work with veterans in particular, as I am Veteran of the United States Army myself.

I spent twelve of fifteen years of Military Service as an Infantryman and three years as a Flight Operations Specialist.  I have served on two combat tours to Iraq and spent one year on the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea.  I also served the Oxford, Mississippi, area as a police officer for The University of Mississippi for six years.

My experiences in life, as well as my time in the military and law enforcement, have helped me connect with people with diverse world views.  I do not see counseling from the perspective of me “fixing” my clients.  I believe that people have what they need to work through their problems but sometimes need the support of a trained professional like myself along the way.