MS, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Couples, Marriage, Relationship, Divorce, Family, Adolescent Boys, Spiritual Issues, Individuals in Transition
Taking the time to deepen our insight about the patterns we employ in the different seasons and relationships of our lives is crucial. Relationships with others inevitably become more rewarding as we better understand and strengthen our individual selves. Whether it’s through exploring ourselves in the family we grew up in, in our periods of singleness, in the intimacy and trials of relationship and marriage, in the deep bonds of friendship, or in the daunting task of raising children, it is an interesting and rewarding experience to see that we can shift from a less mature approach to life and begin implementing healthier, more constructive responses. In your therapy process, I will guide you to a deeper awareness of yourself, your relationships, and the patterns that are evoking unwanted challenges so that you can learn to respond in situations with more thoughtfulness and productivity, rather than being held captive to automatic, often unconscious, reactions.
I provide counseling services for couples who are either considering marriage, engaged, married wanting to make their relationship better, struggling in their marriage, or frustrated enough that they are considering separation or divorce. I help people who are navigating the dating world and don’t want to end up with the same type of relationship they always seem to. I work with individuals as young as high school-aged to those middle-aged, as well as families. Much of my work is with a culturally and racially diverse group of clients who may or may not have strong religious beliefs – helping them individually or relationally work through the internal and external challenges these complexities bring.
Before my counseling career, I was an educator and coach in both public and private schools. I attended seminary with the thought of becoming a missionary, but through a variety of experiences and personal life challenges, I discovered my interest and appreciation for the field of counseling. Like many people, I have had multiple opportunities in my life to wrestle and reconcile life’s circumstances with my faith and beliefs. It has taken work to integrate what my reality is with what I most deeply believe to be true. Anxieties that arise from the connection and conflict between our psychology and theology are profound, and my quest to work with my own circumstances has led me to dive deeply into the fields of human psychology, family relationships, culture, religion, and spirituality. Because of my experiences and education, I deeply enjoy and feel equipped in working with individuals and couples that are trying to navigate these challenges.
I use a variety of therapeutic techniques in my counseling, but my primary orientation is Family Systems Theory, which emphasizes the concept of differentiation. Differentiation is the idea that one must have the ability to be in close emotional contact with others while still maintaining autonomy in one’s own emotional functioning. Through this lens, I work with my clients as both individuals and as individuals in relationship with others (part of a “system”).
I received a BS in Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a 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.
Please note that I accept Saturday appointments for your convenience.
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