Professional Profile

About Libby

Professional Profile

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.

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Personal Profile

Personal Profile

I am fully aware that doing my own inner work has been essential and life-giving both for me and for my clients.  I believe that sitting on the couch across from a therapist has been invaluable learning.

Inner Child work, 12-Step Programs, the Enneagram, along with other tools and techniques have helped me on many levels. This work has given me the opportunity to share the language, understanding, and the foundation of these tools with my clients. It’s been said that Personal growth is “solitary work that can’t be done alone”. I have walked through all my personal journeys with a therapist, sponsor, teacher, spiritual director, coach, and minister.  This is the reason I can so clearly see the benefits of walking alongside my clients, sharing in their journey first hand. I am a better therapist because of my personal work.

It is critical to ‘put yourself in the patient’s shoes’ and truly understand the client’s present situation. For these reasons, I am currently putting much of my life’s energy in teaching the Enneagram to Counselors, Psychologists, Coaches, Spiritual Directors, Ministers, and all others in the helping profession.

“Enneagram Training for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals” is my training series.  My hope is that many in the helping profession will experience the transformational benefits of this invaluable ancient tool, called the Enneagram. And that they will understand how to use it for themselves and for their clients.

On a personal note, I live in the White Rock Lake area in East Dallas with my husband Jerry and our 4-legged best friend, Emma, a Labrador/English Pointer rescue.  We have no children other than the hundreds I have taught and counseled over the years. Jerry and I consider Emma very “child-like”.  She certainly gives us a lot of pleasure, love, and she seems to cost as much as a child at times.

I am on the board for Pastoral Reflections Institute, a non-profit established in 2010 by Monsignor Don Fischer (my brother), that provides spiritual workshops, lecture series, retreats, and pilgrimages that give participants the opportunity to deepen and enrich their understanding of their spiritual journey on earth.

To visit Msgr. Don’s website, click here

“I’m a better therapist because of my personal work.”