Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and getting to know a little about me. I am passionate about my work because I truly love and believe in what I do. I consider my work as a therapist to be an honor because I am able to join with others in their personal journey of life and walk with them through a difficult or challenging path. Sometimes the path is dark, scary, and frustrating. Sometimes our journeys are humbling and joyful. So often when people come to me they are seeking or experiencing a change in their life. I view these times of change to be a birthplace of personal growth, greater empowerment, wisdom, and strengthened resiliency. Of course the navigation of life doesn’t always feel so wise, empowering, or strong when we are struggling. This is where our work begins. Together we establish a therapeutic relationship that supports and benefits your goals. My training and experience provides me with the tools to be a knowledgeable and effective clinician. Continue reading to discover more about what lead me down my career path.
I am a graduate of Amberton University earning a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling and a master’s in Professional Counseling. I started my journey in Commerce, Texas at Texas A&M University Commerce as an education major specializing in early childhood education. After completing a bachelor of science, I went on to receive a bachelor of arts majoring in English.
At that time my education leads me to the classroom where I taught high school students English in the public school system for 12 years. During this journey I discovered the joy and fulfillment of working with teens and their families. Through my various roles in the school system as a professional mentor, team leader, curriculum and grant writer, presenter and trainer; I gained significant insight to the needs of kids and their families. I was motivated, by the work and relationships I experienced, to explore more ways I could further impact and inspire lives in a more in-depth and meaningful fashion. So, I began my research and studies in the field of professional counseling.
I have worked with a diverse population in the mental health field. I began as a therapist in an acute care adult psychiatric facility where I worked with patients dealing with severe mental illnesses and addiction. These patients were often impoverished and frequently homeless. I conducted therapeutic and psycho-educational groups, psycho-social interviews, created treatment plans, and established discharge plans for the patients and their families. The invaluable experience was challenging, eye opening, and always rewarding.
This work countered my work in the private practice setting as a co-facilitator of Phyllis Bisch’s “The Girls Group.” Here I supported adolescent girls through the many challenges of growing up and family dynamics. Following “The Girls Group,” I went on to work with internationally renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross in his in-patient and out-patient adult trauma program in Dallas, Texas. This work has provided me with a strong knowledge base of the devastating effects of trauma and family dynamics. I became well trained in dealing with PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, and other co-morbidities.
I have always had a strong respect for my clients and the importance of feeling safe and comfortable in the therapeutic process. I have now brought my many talents, knowledge and experiences to the private practice setting in Rockwall and Dallas, Texas. If you or someone you know could benefit from my services reach out to me through my “Contact” page or just schedule an appointment through my on-line scheduling. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Let’s get to talking!