“Bearing witness to the reduction of suffering, growth, and joy in the lives of clients is why I became a therapist!”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor?
Becoming a therapist has been an exciting adventure; I love helping people and I love learning. I earned my master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas. My first career was in the shipping industry, ending with time as a human resources manager. This cemented my longing to help people on a deeper level. So much of my decision to pursue licensure as a therapist was influenced by my own life journey and the mentors I met along the way. I wanted to be able to provide nurturing and healing to people who have been affected by trauma, substance use, and disruption in development due to chaotic environments. My first internship fostered my passion for working with women who had become homeless or unemployable due to substance use, domestic violence, and other mental health issues. It felt like a natural fit to hold space for them while healing and recovering. I have provided care for teens in school settings, helping to reduce suicidal behaviors, treat trauma symptoms, and teach coping skills for better functioning. My training includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma and grief component therapy (TGCT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Bearing witness to the reduction of suffering, growth, and joy in the lives of clients is why I became a therapist!
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy is a collaborative process. Of course, treatment is tailored to the individual because one-size-does-not-fit-all. Once you have expressed an interest in working with me, I will contact you via email within 24-48 hours. Then, we will set up a 15-minute free consultation on the phone to determine if we are a good fit for each other. I believe the relationship is the foundation of healing. If we decide we are a good fit, I will send you a link to TherapyNotes where you can set up your client portal, and I can send you intake forms to complete. After that, we’ll set up your session appointment. Clients who find me a good fit are usually experiencing the effects of trauma, anxiety, living in a home with substance use, or just plain living problems. My expertise is not limited to these presentations, which is why it is so important to consult first. We create the treatment plan together to figure out what will work for you in attaining your goals. Clients who work with me usually find relief from the bondage of maladaptive or outgrown coping skills and begin to live with a sense of peace and ease.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As I mentioned, I love learning! I am continuously attending training, listening to podcasts, and joining webinar sessions to build my skills as a clinician. Building skills as a therapist is not only fun and gratifying but also a requirement for continued licensure. Because I hold two professional licenses in Texas, I am always learning and building skills! One of the greatest assets at my disposal is the collaborative relationship that I have developed with other clinicians. My circle of trusted colleagues and I are in contact constantly to provide each other consultation on cases, new or evolving evidence-based treatments, and different approaches to use in therapeutic sessions. I believe this makes me a better therapist and, in turn, allows me to provide more effective and efficient relief to the clients I serve.
“Clients who work with me usually find relief from the bondage of maladaptive or outgrown coping skills and begin to live with a sense of peace and ease.”