I believe everyone can grow and achieve wellness in the process. I practice client-centered counseling, focusing on the relationship and giving the client a safe place to explore their inner self. I view every client as someone pursuing healing, and I want to give them the space to process their thoughts and feelings with me. I believe the counselor-client relationship is central to the healing process because it shows the client what unconditional love and authenticity feel like.
My childhood was rocky in several ways. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old, and my siblings and dad struggled with substance abuse. When my parents divorced, I told everyone that when I grew up, I wanted to be a fiss-bee-ologist (my way of pronouncing “psychologist” as a child). I wanted to help people going through the same things my family was going through. I wanted to offer others the support and love that I saw my family members needed. As I’ve grown through my own mental health counseling, I’ve realized I wanted to offer the support and love my younger self needed, too.
Each of us is the sum of so many moments, many we didn’t have control over. During my master’s in counseling program, I became acutely aware of how childhood events had affected me. My own journey towards wellness and peace has helped me better empathize and understand my clients’ many different journeys. Unpacking wounded pieces of ourselves can be hard work, and it often feels overwhelming. I want to help people understand their personal wounds so they can begin to heal. I want to help clients regain responsibility for and control of their lives.
As one of my favorite poets Rupi Kaur eloquently puts it,
it was when i stopped searching for home within others
and lifted the foundations of home within myself
i found there were no roots more intimate
than those between a mind and body
that have decided to be whole
I received my Master’s in Counseling from The University of North Texas specializing in play therapy. While at UNT, I worked with children struggling with attachment concerns, aggression, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. Additionally, I have experience working with people across the lifespan struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction. I also have training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT); I work to incorporate applicable skills and lessons during parent consults to help strengthen parents’ understanding and connection with their children.
When I am not working with clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs Leia and Dany. They are poodle mixes that look more like mythological creatures than dogs. I’ve also started gardening and collecting house plants (I have 42 house plants now!). Getting my hands dirty and watching things grow has become a part of my own wellness routine. I try to do yoga every day, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Yoga has helped me fight against anxiety. It has also helped me increase my mindfulness and inner peace. One of my 2020 goals is to get my yoga teacher certification and start offering yoga classes to our clients at LifeWorks!
I look forward to getting to know you!