La Shawna Moyle, a licensed mental health therapist, joined the WITCC Student Services team this fall to provide free, one-on-one counseling to students. She is one of two mental health practitioners at the Sioux City campus here to support students with anxiety, depression, stress, or relationship issues.
La Shawna earned an associate degree at WITCC and then transferred to Briar Cliff University where she double-majored in Social Work and Sociology. She pursued her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of South Dakota Advanced Standing program and recently passed the ASWB licensure exam, achieving the title of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She has experience serving individuals from minority populations and diverse backgrounds, as well as those who have experienced trauma.
When asked about working in the mental health field, La Shawna says, “[The mental health field] is where I am supposed to be. People have been sharing their stories with me as long as I can remember. There is just something about creating a safe space for people or being present when an individual is at their lowest point that I find truly humbling, valuable, and rewarding.”
La Shawna’s college journey began at WITCC where she built the foundation for her career. She gained the confidence she needed to transfer to a four-year university as well as skills needed in life. Navigating financial aid, learning time management, being exposed to academic readings and peer reviewed journal articles, connecting with instructors and building life-long relationships are all experiences La Shawna credits to her time at WITCC.
“I chose to work at WITCC because I want to give back,” says La Shawna. “It paved the way for me. It is an experience that truly changed my life. I not only learned that I was capable of achieving an education and selecting a career path, but [I was also] worthy of it.”
La Shawna is available for in-person, zoom, or phone appointments Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. Her office is located in Admission at the Sioux City campus. She can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be made by clicking here.