Pamela Coker

IOP COORDINATOR AND CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST

Pamela Coker is a licensed clinical social worker in

Mississippi (No. C8984) and a nationally board-certified music therapist (No.05867). Pamela received her bachelor degree in music therapy at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS in 1998. She started her career with the

State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a music therapist in the forensic division of Connecticut Valley Hospital. In 2002, Mrs. Coker continued her education pursuing a masters of

social work with Columbia University, in New York, NY, graduating in 2004. In 2006, Pamela became a LCSW with the State of Connecticut and in 2016 moved back

to Mississippi. Pamela worked initially as a social worker in mobile crisis and intake services for an outpatient mental health clinic in Stamford, CT. Pamela then worked for several years in a school-based health center in Norwalk,

CT, providing individual, family and group therapy to adolescent students in an alternative high school. Pamela has provided crisis response services, intake assessments, case management and community outreach services to hospitals and community providers. During the last four years, Pamela has supervised a transitional housing program and community mental health center services for adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Pamela is an intensively trained DBT therapist and enjoys working with individuals and groups with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. For almost 20 years, Pamela has strived to provide evidenced-based practices to assist clients in reaching their desired goals in a holistic manner. 

An example of some of the best practices/strategies that Pamela utilizes while providing individual, family, group and couple therapy are:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Strengths perspective

Stages of change theory

Motivational interviewing

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Contingency management

Twelve Step facilitation

Trauma informed care

Harm reduction

Narrative therapy

Person centered treatment planning

Crisis intervention 

Brief therapy

Family dynamic therapy

Person-in-environment

Seeking Safety

Music Therapy