Master's Level Student Intern
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Trauma, Crisis Management, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, Sexual Health
I believe that as we grow, we develop knowledge and coping mechanisms that collectively form “mental maps” which we use to navigate our world. Because our vulnerable, developmental years have substantial influence on brain development and well-being, sometimes these maps do not align well with the reality of adulthood. I seek to understand individual adults’ unique stories and aid them in growing awareness of personal patterns and habits, while building emotional regulation skills. Having experience and an innate interest in trauma, I also understand that unforeseen traumas have a profound impact on individuals’ perspectives and functioning, but know that each person has the capacity to utilize awareness and strengths in order to bolster desired change and enhance personal autonomy.
While working in Title I public middle schools for five years as an English Language Arts Teacher, UIL Coach, Student Council Sponsor, and Gifted and Talented Coordinator, I became aware of the many unmet needs of families and children. I transitioned to working as a Life Skills Coach and Cognitive Trainer for adults with Traumatic Brain Injury at the Mary Lee Foundation in Austin, Texas until enrolling in Southern Methodist University’s Counseling Program. I am a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and the American Counseling Association, and am seeking certification as a Certified Trauma Specialist. Seeing the world from an Adlerian lens, I am committed to advocacy work that benefits society as well as maintaining close relationships with family and friends. I also have a love for literature, music, health and nutrition, much of which I find relevant for clients as far as enriching the therapeutic benefit.
Utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques within an Adlerian framework, my goal is for each client to grow insight and appreciation of themselves and others, as well as foster acceptance and forgiveness in an ever-changing world.
Please note that I accept Saturday appointments for your convenience.
My rate is $65 for a 50-minute session. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” -- David Foster Wallace