“As an individual who grew up in the foster care system, I became interested in working with others who have experienced adversity in their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Science in counseling degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and I am currently working to complete a PhD in counselor education and supervision at Texas A&M University–Commerce. While in graduate school, I completed my internship at the Family Place in Dallas, Texas where I worked with victims of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse (men and women), trauma, and grief. I later completed my second internship at Denton Community Health Clinic where I worked with adult men and women dealing with various mental health issues. In addition, I continued working with families and individuals (adolescents) at the Harold Murphy Counseling Center. It is my theoretical belief that all individuals have the potential to grow and the capability to change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that establishing a relationship based on trust and understanding is imperative for healing to take place. I feel it could be beneficial to explore an individual’s past relationships and experiences to assist in conceptualization and determine if they currently influence or impact the individual in any way. Our relationship will be a collaborative one where we will both work together to achieve established treatment goals during the counseling process.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As an individual who grew up in the foster care system, I became interested in working with others who have experienced adversity in their lives. I believe my worldview has been shaped by my upbringing, especially since I encountered therapy at an early age. I understood early on that not everyone travels the same path and that each person’s experiences and worldview should be embraced, as differences are common in the world. In my practice, I embrace and strive to utilize my multicultural and diverse experiences and training. My goal is to meet people where they are in their lives and embrace any and all differences, which I view as opportunities to learn about individuals and cultures of all backgrounds.
“My goal is to meet people where they are in their lives and embrace any and all differences, which I view as opportunities to learn about individuals and cultures of all backgrounds.”