My specialty areas include:

Telehealth C​ounseling

Darla is able to offer online therapy sessions via video chat to anyone residing in South Dakota. A fully HIPAA-compliant platform is used by both the therapist in her office and the client in the comfort of their own home or office. Offering convenience to those who live in rural areas and would prefer to limit their travel time, providing assurance for the protection of clients that have health concerns or illnesses and prefer not to leave home, giving flexibility to those with busy schedules to be able to fit appointments in their day without worrying about traffic and commute times, telehealth is an ideal alternative to making sure that counseling sessions are still able to occur regardless of daily events.

Grief and Trauma Counseling

A traumatic experience can occur from a persistent or extreme invasion of someone’s sense of self, leaving that person to experience prolonged feelings of shame, anxiety, self-worthlessness, anger, and vulnerability.

Grief or Trauma can stem from:

  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse or Rape
  • Serious Accident
  • Combat Experience
  • Witnessing Serious Threats
  • Surviving Violent Crime

Depression and Anxiety Management

Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors, but some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may be battling an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.

It is important to work through these issues with a qualified counselor so that negative emotions don't take over, impacting life decisions and actions.

Marriage and Family Counseling

Marriage and Family Counseling is when a couple, members of the family, or the entire family come together to work with a counselor. Couples and families seek consultation when there are persistent issues facing a marriage, family stability and/or satisfaction.

Possible barriers can stem from:

  • Poor Communication
  • Recovering from an Affair
  • Adjusting to Life Changes
  • Persistent Disobedience from Children
  • Suicidal Threats
  • Unresolved Struggle from Childhood
  • Trust Issues