Evonna was born and raised in Central Arkansas, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree. During her senior year of her undergraduate program she volunteered as a live-in house manager for a women's drug and alcohol residential program. Volunteering at the residential program reaffirmed her passion to help others, which led her to pursue my graduate degree in clinical mental health. Upon graduating with her bachelors degree she moved to Omaha, NE to attend Grace University where she graduated with her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health in May of 2013.
During her time as a graduate student she worked as a youth care professional. As a youth care professional, she facilitated psycho-educational activities that focused on substance abuse recovery, mental health, self-image, bullying, cultural diversity and much more. Her internship experience included that of private practice as well as a Specialized Day Program working with children ages 18 months to 8 years old. Through these experiences she has obtained great experience working with both the client and family units.
After graduation she moved to Lake Ozark, MO to work at a residential treatment facility with students who struggled with attachment and trauma related issues. Evonna says “I have always had a passion and desire to adopt so when I discovered Calo it was a dream job. As a new clinician I was excited to jump in the deep end, little did I know that would mean I would literally jump in the lake with my students!” Evonna had the opportunity to have sessions on a boat, canoes, hiking, etc rarely would you find her in her office doing individual sessions as she believed in doing therapy “outside of the box”. During her time at Calo she was also able to be the start up therapist of the Preteen Girls program. Upon leaving Calo she entered the field of school counseling. As a school counselor she worked with all stakeholders which included students, teachers, administrators and parents.
Evonna’s goal has always been to meet the social and emotional needs of her students and clients so that they are able to excel on their life journey. Evonna has extensive experience in leading different types of counseling groups, family therapy and individual therapy sessions. She loves to see both client/student and the family grow as individuals as well as a family unit. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving in the church, kayaking, running, being adventurous, traveling, and being silly with her nephews. She likes to stay busy but throughout the last several years she has learned the importance of staying balance and self-care.
Evonna brings much professional experience to the table coupled with her own struggles from being a victim of all types of abuse. Evonna has learned what it means to find hope and healing through God as He has redeemed her past. Evonna’s life passion is to inspire hope and healing through writing, speaking and counseling.