Everyone tells a story about themselves inside their head, that story makes you what you are, we build ourselves out of that story.
Your Story Counseling now offers psychiatric services available to all individuals looking for psychological treatment and/or medication. As a dual-certified Advance Practice Nurse in psychiatric mental health, Dara Karlov, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, brings with her 30+ years of professional experience. Dara works with clients to develop an individualized plan of care that adheres to the values of client involvement, collaboration, and evidence-based practices. Click the link below to learn more about Dara or schedule an appointment with her.
Hidden in the pages of our practice are the personal stories of each one of our therapists. Collectively they add to the purpose and meaning behind ‘Your Story Counseling.’ The belief that every individual has the power to reshape their life story through understanding comes from a personal journey each one of us came to understand from our own encounters. Our attunement to the stories of others is support by our life’s work.
Founder & Therapist
Clark Beckley, MSW, LCSW
I serve on the Board of Directors of Male Survivor, a national non-profit supporting male victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation along with those that love them (www.MaleSurvivor.org). I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
My professional experience in law enforcement and child welfare allows me to offer a unique perspective in supporting veterans, medical, public safety, child welfare personnel, and other professionals who are susceptible to experiencing personal, relational, and professional disruption due to post-traumatic stress, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue or burnout. As an adoptee, I am aware of the experience of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees in processing the complex feelings and thoughts connected to the adoption experience.
“I enjoy working with clients who are open to the discovery of their story and how it led them to their current circumstance.”
I am best able to nurture a relationship with a client that is aware of their reason for seeking support and who is comfortable with a direct approach to realizing their goals. I have considerable experience working with adolescents and families with a wide range of circumstances, mental health concerns, and supporting those who are in crisis. Additionally, my experience extends to working with adults coping with a life transition, relationships, and mental health issues.
I am an experienced trauma therapist who is readily available to accompany survivors of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and other personal or professional traumatic experiences in connecting with their journey toward freedom and peace. My approach to working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families is centered on the idea that we are experiencing components of our personal stories each and every day. When we conclude a chapter, it can impact the next chapter. By understanding your experiences and crafting your next steps, we can shape your story.
Marketing & Outreach Manager
Communication is what gives breath to the stories of our lives, and I believe when we connect our words with intention, we allow them to have a purposeful impact. My mission as the Marketing Manager at Your Story Counseling is to authentically express the story of our practice while advocating for the mental wellness of our clients and community. I aim to build connections with individuals and organizations within this community to expand upon a shared vision that improves the essence of life for those we serve. We all have a purpose in life, a sense to which we give meaning to the story we create.
My experience comes from working with various businesses and non-profits to thoughtfully inform, engage, and bring individuals together. I find solace in uncovering the heart of an organization along with the aesthetics best suited to reveal its uniqueness. In utilizing my creativity and experience, I’ve formulated connections among people and businesses through communication—a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Integrative Public Relations.
I believe everyone has a unique set of experiences that help shape who they are. These experiences can be complex and overwhelming at times. Being brave enough to take the first step towards understanding yourself and facing trauma or stressors is the best way to learn about yourself and set yourself free. Taking this journey can have a ripple effect and allow you to use newly developed skills to change how you interact with others within your environment. You can learn to be the change you wish to see in the world.
Beginning the journey of self-discovery and self-improvement can be challenging at times. My goal is to help therapists and this practice to make this process a little easier. I believe the client experience is vital to the outcome of their success. I strive to foster a positive, supportive, and efficient environment that takes the administrative and operational concerns out of the picture so that the therapist and the client can focus on the most crucial task of all: healing and self-discovery within the therapeutic process.
I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Although I consider myself a planner who enjoys planning for just about everything, I also know that things don’t always work out exactly how you prepare them. Take the cool part of my story that connected me with Your Story Counseling, for example! Since August 2020, I’ve served here as their first-ever Program Intern. Something I never planned for now feels like a push from the universe to have the opportunity to learn from this group of fantastic therapists.
I am a bilingual student in my senior year at Governor State University, working to attain my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I’ve enjoyed the experiences I’ve gained from my volunteer work, specifically the privilege I had to be a part of the Global Brigades in Panama for legal empowerment and Ghana for public health. My mission is to empower and advocate for the vulnerable population, and it is why I plan to become a social worker upon completing my degree. To use my educational endeavors to achieve my ultimate desire to help those who need it the most.
In addition to my internship, classes, and involvement in a mentor program for young children, I also have the privilege of working at a senior assisted living home. In this role, I serve people from many walks of life, including veterans and those who need support for various mental health and relational difficulties, such as memory care, grief, and loss. I am honored to hold the title of Your Story Counseling’s First Intern and am thankful for the opportunity to support and learn from the therapists at Your Story Counseling. As an intern, I am here to learn, ask questions, and add to my skills to succeed in my future career.