University of Maryland, Master of Social Work
Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Social Work
I have 20 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families to enhance their ability to cope with life stressors.
I believe each person has inner worth, strength, and perseverance that can, at times, get lost due to life circumstances, choices, and other factors beyond your control. As each person is different and unique, I tailor my approach to fit your individual needs.
I view each person as the expert in his or her own life and an active participant in the work to regain wellness. I look at the whole picture of a situation and work to break down each part that may be getting in the way of a person achieving happiness and health. Together, through trust, understanding, and shared responsibility, we can alleviate the conflict and struggles that make contentment feel unreachable.
Some people believe that "talking" will not help their situation. I use evidence-based practice, meaning I use tools and approaches that are proven by research to improve wellness and enhance coping. Your upbringing and life experiences help shape who you are and what you believe, some of which can help you in life and some of which can cause pain or suffering. An effective counselor can provide you with extra tools to use to help you manage your issues, struggles, and life challenges.
What should I expect?
It is okay to feel tentative and unsure as you go into your first meeting with a counselor. Getting to know you is the first step. Counseling is most effective when provided in a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment.
Your counseling session will typically last 45-60 minutes. You can anticipate that I will:
Discuss the confidential nature of the client/therapist relationship
Ask you to talk about what prompted you to seek counseling
Ask questions to explore and clarify the problem you describe
Identify areas that I believe can be addressed in further counseling sessions