Counseling and teaching are spiritual callings for me. I am compassionate about my work, and I treat it as sacred ground. I know that each person who comes through my door, whether a training event or individual counseling is meant to be there.
I am committed to walking with you as you gain a greater understanding of yourself and your role in the world. My goal is to create a safe and trusting space. Whether it’s an individual session or a training, you will become more conscious of conflicts and insight into your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. I will take you deep into your desire of knowing yourself and discovering how to live your life to the fullest.
I have taken on a variety of helping roles in my career. I started as a social worker “in the middle” of my attaining my Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education at Texas Women’s University. I worked in Richardson ISD school system with students in a specialized class for those with emotional difficulties. I received my Master of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M in Commerce and have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1992. I began working at Highland Park ISD as a “Student Assistance Counselor” for students in need of additional emotional support. My private practice began part-time while working with the schools and has been full time since 2004.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have provided individual, family and group therapy, In the 25 plus years as an LPC I have counseled many, facilitated many different groups, given many talks and workshops and gone to many, many continuing education courses. As with many helping professionals, we learn new techniques and new tools of the trade, some of them we use in our practice and some we let go.
The therapeutic tools and programs that I have embraced and used in my practice, not in any order have been…
Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy (what we, who have been around a while, call inner child work) When our current issues stem from unhealed emotional childhood drama and traumas, we learn to let those childhood feelings go and understand our new life as an adult.
12 Step Programs/Addictions working with anyone who is either just investigating a possible addition, to someone who is wanting help in treating their addiction in therapy while going to 12 step meetings, or someone who knows an addict
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) action-directed, practical and rational way of changing behavior by changing your belief or thoughts about an event
Milton Erickson’s Clinical Hypnosis (I was privileged to be taught by his daughter, Betty Ann Erickson, along with Deborah Beckman and Will Handy) Erickson’s technique is Indirect hypnosis which is a subtle, respectful method utilizing body language, stories, metaphors, and other hypnotic techniques to improve patient outcomes. Erickson defended indirect hypnosis as a more ethical and effective alternative for clinical settings than direct hypnosis.
The Enneagram An ancient tool that provides an understanding of how and why we behave the way we do; recognizing the effects that our behavior has on our lives and relationships. It takes us deep into who we are beyond our personality and into an understanding of how our ego can get in the way of being who God intended us to be.