Molly Lyons | Counselor
Individual Counseling, Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling | Columbia, Mo
My name is Molly Lyons. I’m a counselor with the Counseling Hub and a counselor-in-training in the state of Missouri.
You'd be a good fit for me if you...
are questioning your sexuality or gender identity
have been fighting more with your partner(s) and want to figure out how to solve the problems
are engaged and wanting to do some premarital counseling
are struggling with coming out and don't know how to start
want to recover from an affair or infidelity with your partner
feel really hurt and wounded after disagreements and want to start to fight fair
feeling overwhelmed or stressed with parenthood
need additional support as a parent of a child with special needs
feel immense guilt as a working parent and don’t know how to deal with it
feel like you’re “there, but not really” with your kids and want to change it
want to feel more motivated and confident, but don't know where or how to start
are currently dissatisfied with some (or many) aspects of life related to school, home, or work
feel as though you don't really know yourself and aren't confident in your own skills or abilities
These are common reasons people come into counseling. These are the reasons people seek help.
More often than not, folks still feel some sort of shame in reaching out. One of the reasons Tara founded The Counseling Hub was to diminish that sense of shame, to normalize the fact that all people struggle in some way during their lives, and to empower people to grow and heal in their own unique way.
The Counseling Hub is all about connecting, healing, and growing.
I aim to listen and help provide a solution to finding your own way. I don’t have the answers, but I can ask the necessary questions that will help you to realize your own answers. My role is not to be your leader, but to aid you in finding your right direction when you feel challenged to do so.
Five Fun Facts About Molly
I am a nurturer.
Although I cannot keep a plant alive to save my life, I cannot help but want others to grow. I have worked with children most of my life and have five children of my own. It gets a little chaotic, but I would not have it any other way. In relation to counseling, I believe that with the right supports all of us can reach our fullest potential. Occasionally, we all need a little extra support and that is totally okay!
I'm a Columbia native.
The perks of growing up in Columbia, Missouri are many. The diversity Columbia has to offer has led me to value people from all walks of life. Being from Columbia has also allowed me to be aware of local resources and needs in the area. Columbia is a great town that has so many resources and supports, and if it doesn’t, the community creates them!
I hated school.
Well, that is, until I got to college. School was hard for me. I didn’t really “fit” in anywhere and struggled with my grades. Once I got to college I really understood the value of education and I believe that the more you know, the more you can achieve. I love sharing information with people. I think that it is very beneficial to knowing things before making decisions. Knowledge really is power, and I like to share the wealth.
I'm an outdoors girl.
I love camping, mudding, and anything else that is outside. I feel so rejuvenated after spending time with my bare feet in the grass. Our planet is so marvelous and one-of-a-kind and so I have to enjoy it.
Music is my life.
From the time that I could sing, I was singing. I have been told I can carry a tune and have used that talent in many honor choirs. My Freshman year in high school I took three choir courses. That may have been a little much…but it was a great stress reliever. Also, if you see me driving around town, fully expect to see me singing and dancing around in my car!
Molly's Education and Training
Molly earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling at Central Methodist University (CMU) and is a student intern at The Counseling Hub and Boone County Mental Health Coalition, where she will assess and provide mental health interventions and resources for individuals and groups in Boone County schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in General Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Central Methodist University directly before enrolling in the counseling program. Prior to pursuing her counseling degree, Molly received an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education from Moberly Area Community College.
Molly has experience in the Counseling Center at MACC's Columbia campus, providing counseling services for students around the topics of identity crises, school-related stressors, depression issues, and coping with anxiety. Molly has co-facilitated Safe Zone trainings which introduce its members to the LGBTQ+ community terminology and basic information. Molly has also completed on online course in LGBTQ+ Counseling Competencies (College and Career Readiness) through the American Counseling Association (ACA). Molly is an active member of both the ACA and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).
Molly has completed Level 2 training in the highly effective Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1, Level 2) and has also been formally trained as in the Prepare-Enrich Premarital Couples Counseling approach. She enjoys working with diverse populations and seeks to always be open to new learning experiences. Molly works best with individuals who are trying to discover who they are and how they relate to their world, as well as others in their world. She believes that a person’s external factors can provide both barriers and resources towards growth and that one must discover these in order to thrive.