Missi Brown, LCSW
Owner and licensed therapist for MB Counseling, LLC.
I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience in a wide range of areas. I take a psychodynamic approach, it is my belief, through research and experience, that the way in which we view the world, feel bonded to others and navigate relationships starts at birth. Through attachment style, family culture, and experiences, our personalities and relationships are shaped. Whether you are going through something that has been building for years or something that seems short-term, I am excited to help you find the quality of life you desire.
For First Responders: Even though you knew what you were signing up for, sometimes experiences can build and build. You dissociate and move on and when you get home, you don't want to talk about it because it's exhausting and you don't want people to worry. You may find yourself getting short or snapping at your family. It can lead to feeling detached from others, hypervigilant, always on guard, on edge and sometimes night terrors, amongst other symptoms. It can feel like it suddenly creeps up on you after years and years in the field. It can impact your daily functioning, your relationships with your kids or significant other. I will help you go through this journey in finding the balance of career and a good quality of life. I know your concerns, I've been there. Give me a call and let's chat about how I operate so it's not a barrier to you getting help.
For family members of first responders: You experience a life different from many people around you full of sacrifice, and at times, anxiety and frustration while perhaps simultaneously experience guilt and remorse. This is a world most people cannot relate to. I always say that if our first responders are not ok and their families are not ok, then our communities are not ok.
I started my career as a forensic interviewer and a child welfare worker. I felt that being a child welfare worker was not how I wanted to help people. When I graduated with my master's degree, I went to community mental health and lead the crisis response team. After 3 years, I became a therapist for ages 10 and up. I started MB Counseling, LLC. in 2021.