Master's Level Student Intern Supervised by Mary Sanger LMFT Supervisor, LPC Supervisor, LCDC
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Play Therapy, Couples Counseling, Divorce Counseling, Communication Issues, Crisis Management, Grief
I believe that by the time we become adults, many of the problematic thoughts and behaviors we develop begin in our early years and take shape through our beliefs, fears, and habits acquired through life experiences. My theoretical orientation is based on Bowen Family Systems Theory as well as the work of Dr. William Glasser. Both view an individual as part of a relational system and impacted by the quality of the relationships in their life. I view my role as helping clients explore, process, and make meaning of their experiences, develop more helpful ways of coping with everyday life and relationships, focus on their inner strengths, and make choices that bring them closer to their goals. I am also passionate about working with children through play therapy. The language of play is a powerful and curative way in which children express and process life events and emotions that they are unable to articulate with words.
Returning to school after working in the legal and dispute resolution fields for over 20 years, I am completing my Master of Science in Counseling at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Born and raised in South Africa, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my law degree after which I practiced as an attorney. I spent over 20 years life coaching and in leadership roles in various non-profit and faith-based organizations. In addition, my husband and I founded a community health organization focusing on treating and counseling HIV patients in impoverished communities. We spent six years in Singapore where I became a mediator and managed the Singapore Mediation Center. I also headed the mediation section of a counseling and mediation organization. In 2012 we emigrated to the United States where I become a private and court-approved mediator specializing in family and divorce mediation. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, the Texas Marriage and Family Therapy Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Texas Association of Mediators.
I also have a passion for teaching and serve as an Adjunct Professor for the SMU Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management graduate program teaching graduate courses in mediation & dispute resolution, family conflict dynamics, and gender & culture in negotiation.
My rate is $85 for a 50-minute session; $110 for an 80-minute session. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.