Anna Kirkes, LMSW
Anna is a licensed clinician who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma or significant adjustment issues manifesting as anxiety, depression, or behavioral problems. Viewing each client as an individual with unique needs and strengths, Anna incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work.
Anna has experience working with victims of sexual abuse as well as children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors. Additionally, Anna enjoys helping blended, fostering, and adoptive families work together and improve communication to navigate the inherent tensions and difficulties involved in forming meaningful attachments and building trust.
Anna views therapy as a collaborative, relational process and incorporates client feedback and goals into her approach to treatment. As a clinician, Anna operates through a trauma-informed lens and assumes each individual is doing his or her best to meet legitimate needs. Anna also considers both the stressors and strengths of the surrounding environment and attempts to connect clients to resources beyond the direct realm of mental health when needed. Her love for dance, passion for physical expression, and belief in the mind/body connection influence how she approaches working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dance from Centenary College of Louisiana, her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, and her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Anna has worked in school-based mental health with BHSA since July 2017 and also has previous experience with outpatient and court-ordered clients as well as community health clinics.
As a therapist, Anna finds joy and hope in “walking alongside people to overcome shame, despair, or the feeling of being ‘not enough’ and instead embrace how they have inherent worth as individuals. I am deeply honored to be invited by my clients on the journey toward recognizing their own unique gifts and entrusted as a companion in their healing.”