“Motherhood, grandparenthood, and my own childhood trauma have guided me to understand and help others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve wanted to be a therapist since I was 20 years old, but life got in the way. Motherhood, grandparenthood, and my own childhood trauma have guided me to understand and help others. I have been in careers related to listening and communicating. At the age of 51, I had the opportunity to return to college and earned a BA and an MS with an emphasis on marriage, couples, and family counseling. I also trained in substance abuse to help the many people who either suffer themselves or grew up with this disease in the home. I have worked in family therapy and substance abuse areas. I am concentrating now on families and trauma. I recently completed EMDR training and am awaiting certification to aid people in trauma-related issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have been told I am easy to work with because I am nonjudgmental. I like to set the goals you want to achieve and we can discuss how to get there. I do assign homework and believe in bibliotherapy. I work with people in all areas of life and can help with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and trauma (from childhood trauma to recent trauma). I also have experience in substance abuse disorders and have worked with many couples in the areas of marriage, premarital, and co-parenting.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I recently completed training in EMDR to help clients overcome trauma from both current and childhood events. I am an avid reader and stay current on the newest approaches to aid clients in the solving of problems. I will continue with this training to specialize in other areas of trauma. I collaborate with other therapists for their knowledge and offer mine in return.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe clients have their own answers; they just need help finding them. I love exploring unique ways to aid in finding these answers. I had a challenging childhood and young adulthood, and I am dedicated to helping others in the same situations. I moved to Texas from a midwestern state and embraced the cultural differences of this area. I can still hear my grandmother sing, "Jesus loves all the little children, red and yellow, black and white." (I add in brown too). Each culture has its own unique qualities, and I honor those ideals and beliefs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love telehealth; it gives clients the opportunity to take advantage of help during a time that works for them. They can talk to a counselor on most days of the week from the comfort of their couch. Clients can choose a time that fits their lifestyle, including weekends, evenings, and even lunch hours.
“I have been told I am easy to work with because I am nonjudgmental.”