NINA L. MCGINNIS

My heart is filled with compassion for people who are struggling and are unable to move forward in a world full of trouble. Psalm 34:18 tells us that the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. With the Holy Spirit as my guide, I believe God has given me the spiritual gift of helping people. It is my desire to allow others to tell their stories, to help others set clear goals that reflect Godly values, and to instill hope and encouragement for life’s journey after counseling. God is our refuge and strength, and He is a very present help during trouble. When our world seems to be falling apart, we can rest in Him and know that He is in complete control. (Psalm 46)

Special Interests

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Codependency
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Grief-loss issues
  • Adolescent issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Group Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy

Education and Credentials

  • Educational Specialist, Counselor Education, Mississippi State University, Meridian, MS
  • Master of Science, Counselor Education, Mississippi State University, Meridian, MS
  • Bachelor of Science, College of Education and Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Structure of Intellect (SOI)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Affiliations

  • First Baptist Church, Laurel, MS
  • American Association of Christian Counselors Chi Sigma Iota

Work Experience

I have 22 years of experience in both the mental health and educational fields. I have worked in two adolescent inpatient facilities, a girls’ group home setting, an intensive PHP/IOP treatment program for adults, school-based counseling programs, and a high school learning development program.

General Information

I have been a resident of Laurel for most of my life. I went to elementary, junior high, and high school here. I am the proud mother of two grown daughters who are married, and I am thankful for my fourteen year old grandson who has been a blessing in my life.