Troy woman opens counseling service to help combat mental health stigma

By JENNA FEAR

STAFF WRITER

When Tricia Pyatt and her husband struggled with infertility and suffered several pregnancy losses several years ago, her need for support during that time made her realize she wanted to help others find such support in their own lives.

“We all have struggles, every last one of us,” Pyatt said. “It is my desire to normalize people’s need for help, and to help end the stigma associated with getting help from a mental health professional.”

Her drive to help others, which she describes as an innate desire, and the drive she felt toward her home town of Troy led her to open her practice, E3 Counseling Services, in October. Here, she is the only staff member and does all of her own scheduling, billing and other administrative work – along with, of course, being a counselor.

“Because I was born and raised in Troy, I have always felt drawn to serve the people of Lincoln County,” she said.

“This is where my heart is – These are my people. And now that I am back here, I cannot imagine doing this anywhere else.”

Before opening her own business, she worked for several years at an agency in St. Charles County. She received her degrees at Missouri Baptist University, which was a huge feat in itself, she says.

“I obtained my degree as a working adult with two children and a husband, which I still consider one of my greatest accomplishments in life,” Pyatt said.

She received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and her master’s in counseling from Missouri Baptist University before going on to pass the National Counselor Exam, which allowed her to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri.

Since then, she’s been counseling a wide range of clients. “I have been told I have a gift working with children and adolescents,” she said, “but have also been extremely successful in marriage counseling and working with adults.”

She thinks what sets her apart is her very laid-back demeanor. She wears jeans nearly every day, because “business attire doesn’t make a good counselor – compassion, empathy, and ability to relate do.”

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