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Meet Keri-Ann Wagner of Envision Counseling in Easton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keri-Ann Wagner.

Keri-Ann, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do. I wanted to help people; I wanted to know why people did the things they did. Of course, that was after I was done wanting to be a ballerina, an actress or a nurse after romanticizing Florence Nightingale. (Need I mention, I come close to fainting at the sight of my own blood?)
Some would say my calling became evident at an early age. Although I was only 5, I’ve been told that I was the only one in the family who could successfully communicate with a deaf and mute man who was a neighbor and family friend.

In my years of working in outpatient clinics, interning at Taunton State Hospital and working in supported living and group homes for those with severe mental health issues, I have learned from those who have trusted me with their traumatic life experiences. I have learned how to use their strengths and I have learned what is missing to aide in their recovery. I will be offering Trauma Survivor Groups with that in mind and with plans to expand to a program bringing families affected by trauma together again.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been dealing with chronic pain issues. Instead of allowing this to become an obstacle to opening my practice, I decided to offer a Chronic Pain Management Group, as I understand how this impacts every area of our lives.

Envision Counseling – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in counseling people who have survived traumatic events and are diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am also trained in compassion fatigue, which uniquely qualifies me to work with others in the helping professions as a therapist and as a supervisor.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moments have really been my client’s victories; some have overcome seemingly insurmountable traumatic life experiences and made it to a place where they have hope for their future.

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