Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Child and Adolescent Therapy, Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Family-Child Relationships, Parent/Caregiver Consultations, Filial Therapy
Children, like adults, want to be truly seen and unconditionally accepted. When pain arises, it is disorienting and increases the need for acceptance. It can be difficult for children to identify or verbally articulate their thoughts and emotions. Behaviors are often the indicator for parents and caregivers that children are asking for help.
As adults, we see behaviors like aggression, tantrums, defiance, changes in school performance, eating, sleeping, anxiety, and regression. These behaviors are often overwhelming and alarming, leaving the children and those who care for them feeling helpless. Through consultation, I explore concerns at home and school and partner with caregivers to find ways to help support the child. Children are given the opportunity to work through their thoughts and feelings in a developmentally appropriate way during our play time together, using toys and materials as words while feeling the support of the therapeutic relationship.
Although counseling is my second career, I have always had a heart for children and a deep compassion for others. My career path began as an elementary teacher of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. After six years of working in education, I transitioned into counseling in private practice. Now, years into my practice, I still find great joy and purpose in helping families find hope and healing.
I am a small town, country girl living in the big city, having spent part of my childhood on a large cattle ranch in New Mexico where I fell in love with the serenity found in nature and animals. My self-care time includes spending time with my loved ones, yoga, exploring all things Dallas, walking in nature, writing, creating, and daydreaming about home renovation projects.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Baylor University and later attended Southern Methodist University where I earned my Master of Science in Counseling with a focus on play therapy and school counseling. I work primarily with children ages 7-10, teens, and in consultation with parents and caregivers.
My rate is $150 for a 50-minute session. I see couples and families for a 80-minute session for $225. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:The wound is the place where the light enters you. -- Rumi
What are these forms?
- New Client Information form. This form provides information about you or your child so Insights can craft therapy to be as effective and efficient as possible. Some questions are personal and may be sensitive or even uncomfortable for you. They are asked in an effort to quickly begin building a complete picture of who you are, which in turn will save valuable therapy time. All client records are strictly confidential and will not be seen by anyone without your written permission unless required by law. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your therapist.
- Informed Consent to Treat form. This form details your rights and responsibilities as a client and consents for me to treat you or your child.
Which forms should I use?
If you are an adult and are the new client, use these forms:
If your child is the new client, use these forms:
What do I do with these forms?
Please print, complete and bring your New Client Information, Informed Consent to Treat and (if your child is the new client) the Parent Therapy Support Agreement to your first session. That way, we will be able to begin your therapy at the start of the first appointment.