I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional counselor in Texas. I received specialized training in cognitive therapy and logotherapy (searching for meaning) while working in a psychiatric unit in Dallas for 16 years, a job which provided a broad understanding of how individuals can suffer from stress, depression, relationship conflicts, addictions, and psychosis. The clinical experience provided me with the opportunity to see firsthand the benefits of medication when it is recommended to maintain mental health. Conducting child custody evaluations for the Dallas Family Courts provided me with a background to understand the impact divorce or breakups can have on children, and to encourage couples to salvage their hurting relationship, if possible.
I like to use therapeutic stories to "offer fresh perspectives on familiar human foibles" (Edwin H. Friedman, Friedman's Fables). When possible, I like to assign activities to encourage different vantage points that may assist the recovery or stabilization process. When it seems beneficial, and there is a willingness to utilize a modified hypnosis strategy, I help individuals create their own therapeutic metaphor for their situation.
My therapy style is interactive, and I am willing to tell you something about myself and my life when appropriate. I see us as two humans on a life journey together. My treatment plan for you will be collaborative with the intention of meeting your unique needs. I believe in short-term therapy, and encourage you to return to therapy as the need arises rather than keeping you in therapy for an extended period. I can focus on short or long treatment needs in collaboration with you. I want you to feel that you have been treated with respect, sensitivity, and compassion.
I support the use of medication, when indicated. The brain is an organ, that can become damaged like any other organ in the body. When the client is prescribed medication, it is important for both the counselor and the client to be in agreement with the prescribed treatment, so their recovery is not sabotaged. When the thoughts are predominantly negative, and depression and anxiety dominate the sessions, it makes it more difficult to address life issues. That is when supplementing therapy with medications can be helpful. However, continuing to discuss your trigger points while you work on developing new coping skills or behaviors or problem-solving skills should be worked on simultaneously with medication.
Cognitive therapy is beneficial for individuals and couples. I use materials from John Gottman and Nick & Sila Lee to supplement counseling in marital therapy. If you are in a significant relationship, talking about life issues as a couple will benefit you in your life journey together.
It takes courage to seek treatment and to admit needing help to get through a rough spot in life. I am here to support and encourage your in this life journey.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Bipolar disorder
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Communication Problems , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy
LPC #9709 (Expires: 2022-04-30)
LMFT #1834 (Expires: 2023-04-30)