Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Children ages 8-12, Adolescents, Parent Support, Anxiety
I’ve always loved working with children, and I believe helping them navigate storms of life at a young age prepares them to be healthy, successful adults. We all face adversity and finding the strength to persevere, learn and grow from those challenges helps us develop into the best human we can be. It is my goal to provide a safe, empathetic and compassionate space for children (and parents) to process the feelings experienced during struggles and develop new strategies to stay on the path of a joy-filled life.
I had been a 3rd grade teacher for 7 years and found that I was so drawn to my students’ personal stories and what was happening at home but as their teacher, I had to focus on teaching them to read and learn their multiplication facts! I was torn because I really wanted to help them more in a counseling capacity. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a school counselor. During my coursework for my Masters, I chose the path that would allow me to get my LPC as I knew I would want to work in private practice one day.
I graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelors in Communication, then later went back to school to get my teaching certification (University of Houston and University of Texas Brownsville). I earned my Masters of Science degree in School Counseling from TX A&M Commerce and have worked as a teacher and/or counselor in Garland ISD, Richardson ISD, and Highland Park ISD. I was the counselor at Bradfield Elementary for 17 years.
I’m married to my dream man, Lance, and have 2 amazing step-children who were 4 and 7 when we met and are now 19 and 22. We have a precious Wheaten Terrier-part mystery dog named Buckley. I also enjoy traveling, cooking and entertaining, spending time with friends and family, and church activities/Bible study. We are always busy in the fall with college football games as my husband is a native Oklahoman and a die-hard OU Sooner, which is a bit challenging since I grew up in Austin and am a fan of the Texas Longhorns. Yes, we are a house divided.
I specialize in working with children ages 8-12, adolescents and parent support on issues including anxiety, ADHD, executive function skills, emotional dysregulation, social skills, school success, navigating Section 504 and/or Special Education, grief, and divorce/blended families.
My rate is $165 for a 50-minute session; $245 for a 80-minute session. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:I'm convinced that when we help our children find healthy ways of dealing with their feelings--ways that don't hurt them or anyone else--we're helping to make our world a safer, better place. -- Fred Rogers