MA, LMFT Associate Supervised by Mary Sanger LMFT Supervisor, LPC Supervisor, LCDC
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Couples, Marriage, Relationship Separation, Divorce, Dating, Remarriage, Spiritual Issues
I use a variety of therapeutic techniques such as humanistic existentialism and third wave behaviorism, but my primary orientation is Family Systems Theory, created by Dr. Murray Bowen and enhanced for couples by Dr. David Schnarch. Central to Family Systems Theory is the idea of differentiation, which is the ability to be in close emotional contact with others but still be autonomous in one’s own emotional functioning. I view my clients as both individuals and as part of their family and relationship systems. In sessions, we examine what is happening in your life that brought you to therapy and, in the process, examine your relationships with yourself, others, and specific issues. I will help guide you through the issues you are facing and help you develop awareness, strategies, and abilities to attain your specific goals.
Relationships are challenging but also incredibly rewarding. At times, we all need guidance to lead to harmony instead of discord. This is where counseling can be life-changing. Through therapy, clients can learn to voluntarily act in situations with more thoughtfulness and productivity rather than being held captive to their automatic reactions. Together we will examine what brought you to where you are in life, what is achievable in the situation in which you find yourself, and what can be done about it.
I’ve always had a passion for psychology and how people work. Prior to my counseling career, I was an educator of middle or high school social studies in both public and private schools and coached athletics. Because of a deep desire to support and serve others, I attended seminary with the thought of becoming a missionary; but through a variety of experiences, and some life challenges along the way, I continued in the field of education for a while longer, eventually making my way to counseling. I enjoy working with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions.
I received a BS in Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University, MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M – Commerce.
My personal interests include a wide variety of music, surfing, football, reading, and spending time with my wife and children.
My rate is $110 for a 50-minute session; $160 for an 80-minute session. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. -- M. Scott Peck