As a therapist for over 20 years, my passion is to help clients gain an awareness into their lives, working toward the goal of healing and the installation of hope as well as helping them recognize their influence to change. I believe in looking beyond a person’s behaviors and instead seek to provide a shame-free environment in which clients can safely explore and understand what set of circumstances shaped their thoughts and behaviors.
For some people who have experienced difficult events in their lives, responses may have developed as a result of those circumstances—responses that were once adaptive in nature. It is my desire to work intentionally to help clients understand that although these strategies were once helpful and at times lifesaving, they may no longer be as effective as they once were.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, followed by a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Ohio University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, with the privilege of assisting and training candidates for LPC licensure on their professional journey.
Over the past two decades, I have enjoyed working with a diverse group of adult and adolescent clients, including those who struggle with self-esteem issues (‘people-pleasers’), anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, and adjustments to life circumstances. Most recently, I have incorporated EMDR training into my work with clients.
Additionally, I have interest and experience in the areas of the highly gifted, exceptionally gifted, and profoundly gifted. Personally and professionally, I understand the struggles that emotional intensities, overexcitabilities, and executive functioning present within this population, and I adapt my counseling strategies to assist individuals in overcoming these challenges. I pursued and obtained certification as a SENG (Social-Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group Facilitator as well.
When I am not counseling, I enjoy spending time with my family and being actively involved in my faith community and local church.