I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology (1971) and a master’s degree in Psychology (2005). I went back to school after many years during which I raised three sons and worked mostly at Baylor College of Medicine in the departments of Surgery and later Psychiatry. I attended school while working fulltime for three years to complete my master’s and had great support and encouragement from the Psychiatry department. During my practicum, I worked in the psychiatric ward of a county hospital which was an eye opening experience! We also worked with people in the Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina. During my internship, I worked with clients with eating disorders and gained an understanding of the great difficulties that they face.
For the last 15 years, I have worked in neuropsychological testing which involved a thorough evaluation of the mental, cognitive, and emotional condition of the client. I spent most of a day with a client and developed insight into their emotional problems which included PTSD, depression, and anxiety due to a traumatic injury or experience and the necessity of adjusting to life changing events such as accidents or illnesses. I have also worked with clients who were attempting to get disability benefits for chronic illnesses and with clients with disabilities who were trying to return to work.
I have learned to meet diverse clients where they are, and I always find ways to connect and feel empathy for them in their struggles. I believe that a good therapeutic relationship is integral to the success of any counseling experience. Humor is good too!
I have also experienced counseling myself, and I led an online Panic Disorder Support Group on AOL for six years before I went back to school. My treatment approach is focused on emotional support, education, helping you gain insight into yourself and others, and giving you the tools to help yourself. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic principles as well as other appropriate methods in order to help you meet your therapeutic goals. I am ready to help you with whatever you are experiencing and look forward to talking to you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , ADHD , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Communication Problems , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
LPC #62018 (Expires: 2021-10-31)
She is an amazing help. She has been able to help me understand so much that I never feel in conflict with what she says or is advising.
Claudia is a great counselor and listener! She had great worksheets and practices to help!
Claudia is a great listener. She offers me affirmation and recognizes when I need an extra push. I trust Claudia.
Claudia was there for me when I needed her. She gave me worksheets to work on which really helped me to stop and understand my feelings. I enjoyed working through the worksheets. I also really appreciated that she always replied to me very quickly. Overall, I think it went well. I am off Wellbutrin (I only did it for a month) and I don’t think I need therapy at this time. (I found myself struggling to make time to even talk over the phone).
Claudia is very attentive and insightful. I really enjoyed working with her. She is an amazing listener and quick to respond to Messages.
Claudia has really helped me face my fears so far and have a better outlook on life. I’m improving little by little and it’s all thanks to her reassurance and ability to help me find solutions to my problems.
Claudia is very patient and has an extremely calm and understanding deminor that make me feel very safe and comfortable when confiding in her. I highly recommend her.
Claudia really takes the time to understand my feelings.
Claudia is kind and very intuitive. After just 3 visits I am coping better!