Mind and body come together to experience and understand the world around us. Sometimes these can be out of balance, impacting each other. With a holistic approach I can help you restore that balance and experience life to its fullest potential. I believe there is healing through the connection of the therapeutic process and that through empowering individuals to find their potential they can create a life worth living.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I hold two Bachelors of Science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry, and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University. During my time at Phillips Graduate University my concentrations were in addiction and co-occurring disorders.
My pre-licensure training began at Twin Town West Hollywood, an intensive outpatient program where I worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, complex trauma, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria. I also worked at David H. Fox Counseling Center where I worked with families and couples in a therapeutic setting.
I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and opened my private practice in 2016, specializing in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, complex trauma and addiction and substance abuse. The goal of DBT is to help clients build a life that they experience as worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Often this means we work on ways to decrease harmful behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors. Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief or a short-term solution, they often are not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing they best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts. DBT helps enhance a client’s capabilities by teaching behavioral skills, and these skills help people develop effective ways to navigate situations that arise in everyday life or manage specific challenges.
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship combined with treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Humanistic Therapy can help individual overcome obstacles. Whether this be in individual, couples, or family therapy, by working collaboratively with the right therapist, one can overcome the obstacles that are preventing you from being who you desire to be.