It is rarely one thing that inspires a person to seek therapy. More often it is a moment of realization, a feeling that something is “off,” that creates the motivation, or curiosity, to explore it further. As many find, patterns have been building for years, only for a relationship or event to create the “push” needed to consider change. For me, this is the exciting beginning.
My approach to therapy is grounded in Adlerian, Existential, and Relational Psychology.
This means that I bring my genuine, compassionate self to provide an attentive and safe space as we work together to understand your unique experiences. This includes examining past and present struggles in interpersonal, family, and romantic relationships, and how those struggles impact how we view and connect in the world. I work experientially, meaning that change happens in the moment by practicing new ways of interacting, expressing emotion, and establishing trust that can lead to healthier relationships, both with yourself and with others. Our therapeutic sessions are intended to serve as a practice ground, and a model for future, meaningful relationships. I believe you already possess the strength and ability to obtain your goals. My role is to provide gentle guidance, and a safe space to discover those truths within yourself. I recognize that therapy can be a difficult first step, and it is a privilege for me to be a witness to your unique journey.
To tell you a little about my own journey: I have practiced psychotherapy for over a decade, in multiple settings and cities. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas and Washington, D.C.; board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors; and an Equine Specialist (ES) in Mental Health and Learning. I received an M.A. in Counseling and Human Development from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. My professional career began in Washington D.C., first at a non-profit mental health agency treating complex mental illnesses and trauma, and later as a therapist and Assistant Clinical Director for the Kolmac Clinic, an outpatient addiction treatment center. These experiences fostered a deep knowledge and passion for treating difficult mental health issues, including addiction, mood disorders, identity development, emotional regulation, and relationship issues. For the last five years, I have been providing individual psychotherapy in private practice in East Dallas. In addition, I am a counselor for Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship, where I bring horses into the therapy session to provide a powerful, experiential learning experience. In my free time, I enjoy horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
My practice is most successful with clients who bring the motivation and curiosity to learn about themselves and examine how they connect in their own relationships. I am not an expert in your life, nor do I have the answers to life’s many questions. I see myself as a “fellow traveler,” as described by Irvin Yalom, walking with you as we wrestle with life’s difficulties. When you are ready, I am passionate about hearing your story, building a connection, and supporting you in your process of change. You can contact me via email or by phone (682-207-2434).
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“Between the stimulus and response, there is a space. And in that space lies our freedom and power to choose our responses. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Tiny sculpture by my dear friend and artist, Annie Broderick, whose art explores the interplay between strength and softness.