“I believe normalizing a client's experience is crucial and, if need be, I share my own experiences on the topics we discuss.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist was one that involved five years of active addiction and mental health problems when I was younger, which led me to treatment and recovery. I had an "aha" moment while engaging in my own therapeutic work related to my family. That work was so crucial to my personal growth that I felt inspired to go to school to help individuals and families. I attended Texas Tech University as a nontraditional student at 22 years old and completed my master’s in counselor education in 2014. I worked in addiction treatment for seven years before starting my own private practice. I now work with adults seeking therapy for an assortment of problems and challenges.
What should someone know about working with you?
I focus a lot of my efforts on making a client feel comfortable enough to share about their lives and to develop a therapeutic alliance. I believe normalizing a client's experience is crucial and, if need be, I share my own experiences on the topics we discuss. I walk the line of meeting a client where they are and also challenging them to help foster growth and healing. I make suggestions and recommendations for homework assignments or possible growth opportunities when need be. At times, I also use my humor in therapy because laughing in itself is a great therapeutic tool!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I had been working in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for seven years and was very content with the work I was doing. An opportunity presented itself at the beginning of 2020 to begin private practice seeing clients individually. As soon as I started this work, the pandemic happened so I've been seeing clients virtually ever since. I was initially skeptical of how it would go and its effectiveness. I started realizing just how great telehealth can be for clients and it allows me to work with people all around the state of Texas. It is especially exciting that people in small towns with limited resources now have greater access to care!
“At times, I also use my humor in therapy because laughing in itself is a great therapeutic tool!”