Vanessa Pruitt, MS, PLMHP

I'm Vanessa Pruitt, MS, PLMHP, dedicated to nurturing personal and professional growth at Seven Stones Mental Health. As a co-founder of a thriving group practice at Alfrey and Pruitt Counseling, my journey is rooted in a commitment to healing through science-backed methods, celebrating diversity, and supporting the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals.

Through Seven Stones Mental Health, I aim to empower therapists, especially highly sensitive individuals, and neurodivergent clinicians to overcome challenges and build successful, impactful practices.

My Professional Journey

I hold a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University. My internship experience includes providing individual and group counseling, along with ADHD, learning disorder, and personality assessments at Wichita State University. I am proficient in trauma-focused treatments, including play therapy, sand tray therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), with additional training in attachment-based interventions. Further enriching my practice, I have undertaken training and coursework in diversity and inclusion, focusing on creating an empathetic and understanding therapeutic environment for all clients. This includes specialized efforts to support neurodivergent individuals, recognizing the unique strengths and challenges they bring to the therapeutic process. I am actively working toward Registered Play Therapy (RPT) and EMDR certifications, dedicated to continually enhancing my expertise to foster healing and growth for a diverse client base.

Transforming Challenges into Empowerment

My journey from confronting personal challenges as a neurodivergent, highly sensitive woman to becoming a confident, empowered leader and therapist is a testament to the transformative power of neuroplasticity and resilience. Transforming my personal battles with burnout, anxiety, self-doubt, and fear into strengths has not only shaped my approach to therapy but also my role in the business world. Leading the expansion of our group practice from three to six clinicians, I've demonstrated the potential for growth and success that lies in understanding and harnessing our brain's capacity for change.

This path to empowerment underscored two key concepts:

  • Neuroplasticity: The brain's remarkable ability to form new connections, allowing us to overcome self-sabotaging patterns and embrace new, empowering ways of thinking and acting.

  • Empowerment: The importance of leveraging personal experiences to create a supportive and healing environment for others, showcasing the potential for transformation that resides within each of us.

What I Do at Seven Stones Mental Health

At Seven Stones, my focus includes:

  • Enhancing Collaboration: Facilitating understanding between therapists, parents, and professionals.
  • Increasing Engagement: Focusing on strategies to improve client retention and secure therapy buy-in.
  • Promoting Positive Outcomes: Utilizing innovative therapeutic methods to enhance the therapeutic journey.

My Approach: Pillars of Empowerment

  • Intuition as Compass: Leveraging inner wisdom to guide decisions and actions.
  • Neuroplasticity for Transformation: Rewiring limiting beliefs to foster a growth mindset.
  • Mind-Body Balance for Harmony: Integrating mindfulness and body awareness for well-being.

Beyond the Therapy Room

Life as a mother of four enriches my understanding of balance, empathy, and the strength found in nurturing our inner wisdom. These personal experiences deeply influence my therapeutic approach and professional ethos.