A little about me. I chose this profession because of the generations of abuse, addictions, suicides, and undiagnosed personality disorders that my own family endured. I come from a family that does not believe in therapy or the work to get better, but to "just suffer through it". Sadly, the consequence of that choice is living in misery, perpetually alone. I did not want to pass those traits on to another generation. I started my own therapy over 10 years ago, so I know what it's like to be in the client's seat. It's not fun. Because of my own experience though, I 100% advocate for therapy and mental wellness. It's sometimes very hard and very painful, but it works. I do not claim to be "healed", but I do claim to be at peace. And this is what I hope to share with you.
I attended American Military University for my BA in Psychology, then the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I spent my internship at both the Community Life Center in Belton, Texas and the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco, Texas. I worked with many clients who had experienced child sexual abuse, histories of violence, suicidal ideations, and complications from multiple events of trauma.
As of July 2022, I have been trained in Phase I and II of Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and will continue to learn more advanced protocols to better serve you. If you are uncomfortable with the use of EMDR, this treatment can be excluded.
I also rely on tools from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and the basics of Internal Family Systems (IFS), as these have been shown to be the most beneficial to my clients.
I encourage you to be up front with me in what does and doesn't work for you in order for you to have the best experience possible.
I received my license from the Behavioral Health Executive Council of Texas in July 2022. License # 89185