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Profile Story Dr.Stephens

They all know where the counseling services are located in Lane hall. They know that the counseling services office can help us through hard times. They can go there for any stress, anxiety, or any other personal issues they may be having and counseling services will be happy to take care of you. Dr. Keyla Stephens, the point of contact when you need any counseling services will be happy to assist you. 

Stephens knew she wanted to help people. Once she headed to college, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UGA, but she was unsure what she would do with her degree. “Counseling wasn’t really well known at the time” and “it was kind of still coming about,” she said adding to that, social work or psychology were much more popular fields, but counseling itself wasn’t quite there yet. I “ struggled a bit on what exactly I wanted to do. 

Stephens explored different areas and changed majors several times before coming back. She realized that counseling was exactly what she wanted to do. She recalls thinking, “I’m not sure exactly what it is to look like, but that is what interests me.” 

After obtaining her degree, she wasn’t ready to go back to school. She got married and ended up getting a job with developmental disabilities. It was different work, but not something she was passionate about. I “wasn’t accomplishing what I really wanted to do, which was to help people grow and help people better themselves.” Stephens wanted to help people learn about themselves. Though she loved the clients she worked with, it was difficult work. She said that the environment was very different than today. People with disabilities were isolated and closed off from the rest of the world. It was really discouraging, and she left that job and started working in higher education. 

Her first college job was at a technical school, where she oversaw a program that helped non – traditional students who were displaced from the workforce or were single parents. Some of them were Division of family and children services clients that were referred to her. She would help students get a GED and did career aptitude tests to see where their talents are. Stephens said she really enjoyed the job before budget cuts ended up eliminating the program. 

This was the inspiration Stephens needed to go back to school, she received her masters in counseling / mental health. Since then, she has worked with domestic violence, substance abuse, community mental health, and patients with disorders. She has worked with agencies such as DFSC and Child and Family Support Services. Though the path to her current position took a couple turns, Stephens has finally reached her goal of helping people grow and help them better themselves. 

Stephens says she loves helping the students of Piedmont University better themselves every session she sees them when they come in with new issues that need to be resolved. I love helping them grow and bettering themselves. Piedmont University is full of amazing students that keep growing everyday. 

I’m always happy

daughter.pastor’s daughter. Air Force daughter / symboling.

Ella Cain Military family

There may have been many challenges in my life but those challenges have made me a better person a happier person as well. If I had not of faced those challenges I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today. If I did have a very supportive family involved in my life I wouldn’t be the lady I am today.I’m happy and comfortable for the person I am.

At the center of my heart my core values are love, care, kindness, putting others before myself. Everyone on earth has a different way of showing who they are. I support each and every person on this whole earth doesn’t matter who they are what they look like, what they wear, who they fall in love with or date, none of that matters I will always support them. Everyone has talents in their own unique ways, that’s super cool about everyone. I love making sure everyone is doing ok and if I’m able I will help them have a good day.

I grew up in Cobb County Georgia Kennesaw Georgia. I lived there until I had to move in the middle of high school I had just finished my sophomore year of high school when I had to move to Commerce Ga. Before moving to Commerce Georgia my dad served 33 years security forces in the Air Force retired in 2012. My mom is a nurse practitioner who was also first Army then branch transferred to the Air Force. Once in the Air Force my parents met and got married.

Once moved to Commerce Georgia, Went to Commerce high junior and senior year it was the biggest challenge in my life. Lost a bunch of friends I had back in Cobb county tried to make new ones at CHS but sadly they all had their friend groups already. Did not go to homecoming junior or senior year due to not having anyone to go with. I did go to junior/ senior prom because I was on Prom Committee the committee that decorates for the prom. I did marching band, basketball and ran track. I wasn’t able to do sports senior year due to tearing my ACL/ meniscus. I ended up joining clubs instead of playing sports placed first placed place interviewing skills for a club called HOSA then ended up getting 6th in the Nation at Nationals. I handled this challenge like a champ I didn’t let the challenge stop me from having fun in life or enjoy life.

I am the youngest of two I have one older brother we are two years apart. My brother is currently serving in the Air Force he is a B-52 combat officer. I work at Chick Fil A was full time over the holiday break now I dropped down to part time because of school. It was nice having my brother home over the break.

We all face challenges in life big or small, we all get bad apples thrown at us but that does not say who we are as a person. It is not our fault that sometimes we get challenges thrown at us. We can’t help having to move in the middle of high school due to my dad getting a pastor call. There would have been no way possible to stay in Cobb county so we had to put our house on the market and move away.

The move affected me not only emotionally but mental and physically. It attacked my whole body and my inside. My inside hurt the worst because there were so many emotions going through me, sadness, anger, fear, nerves, excitement. Many more just to name a few. I was mostly scared because I wasn’t sure how all the changes were going to affect me. I was also scared about having to change high schools in the middle of high school.

After all the challenges we are still a happy military family. We are all doing great to this current day. No matter what may get thrown at me I will always be smiling no matter what. I’m never angry hardly ever. The only time I was ever sad was when I had top move away from Cobb county. It was a blessing otherwise I would have never found Piedmont University. I’m happy and conformable with the lady I am today.