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Scott Kerby is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with mental health and substance abuse. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and provides Motivational Interviewing training across the country for physicians, nurses, counselors, and other helping professions. Motivational Interviewing is a counseling style that focuses on partnering with clients to create their own motivations and reasons for change. It has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of substance use and helping with behavior change.
Scott received his undergraduate degree in Human Services in 2000 from Missouri Baptist University. He completed his Master of Arts in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. Scott began his career as a counselor at Truman Medical Centers, working in their outpatient dual diagnosis clinic that specializes in treating mental health and substance abuse disorders. He served as a supervisor for many years while focusing on counseling and training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Facilitation, and Motivational Interviewing to a multidisciplinary staff.
Prior to counseling, Scott served as a Student Minister for 12 years. Having worked more than a decade each in both religious and secular arenas, Scott is comfortable with a secular or faith-integrated approach to therapy, depending on the wishes of the client.
Scott’s approach to therapy is one of building a strong partnership, much like a shared dance. He combines elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (which focuses on how we think and act), Motivational Interviewing (emphasis on personal choice and internal reasons for change), and Existential Therapy (Big questions of life like “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?”). Scott is focused on creating a unique approach with each person/couple in counseling. He is known for blending the sacred and the secular, often in a humorous manner.
Scott loves working with those that feel they have lost their way, that life has become unmanageable, and that hope seems far away. He has experience treating depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in adults and older teenagers.
In his personal life, Scott loves to travel with his wife of 21years, Sara, and their two sons. He coaches a lot of little league sports and does his best not to embarrass his wife while doing so—though he often embarrasses his children on purpose. Scott and his family are active in the community and their local church.