Megan V. Boyd, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS is a Counselor Educator, Supervisor, Parent, & Co-Author of From Self-Care to Soul-Care: Restorative AF Practices for Clinicians. Dr. Boyd's clinical experience includes competencies in community & school-based counseling, implementing the trauma narrative, and working with individuals in our LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Boyd is committed to counselor mental wellness as we re-conceptualize self-care given the significant mental health outcomes of the Pandemic. Dr. Boyd also serves as the Clinical Supervision Chair for LPCA-GA, and Committee Member with AMHCA.
In the CMS environment, assessing and diagnosing mental health issues needs to take into the community, the culture of the patient, and socioeconomic factors. Understanding how these play an active role in the daily life of the patient helps the therapist understand nuances and also increase awareness about access (or lack of access) to treatment resources.