I believe that healing is a deeply personalized journey that occurs in a lot of different ways. I offer a mix of warmth, compassion, and honesty to create a space fostering change and growth. I draw from a variety of approaches depending on each client’s unique needs, treating the entire self: body, thoughts, emotions, relationships, and creativity. Life is full of both pain and joy; I want to help you be present for all of it.
I have worked in the mental health field for almost 7 years and it is a huge passion of mine, both professionally and personally. Born and raised here in Texas, I had the childhood and upbringing that most people would envy. Amazing parents, two sisters, excelled in academics and sports, never went without. You would think that I had everything I needed to coast and live a life of ease. But in my early teens I developed an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety that almost took my life. I spent almost a decade hating myself, struggling to find my identity, damaging relationships, and self-destructing in the worst ways. I found myself at age 19 with a 1.37 GPA, I had lost my basketball scholarship, had physical health problems, no close friends, and my family was at a loss on how to get their daughter back.
When I finally decided to go to treatment, get a counselor, and prioritize my mental health, my entire outlook on life, my future, and my self-worth changed. I knew at that exact moment that I wanted others that have struggled, known loss, and felt like they’re in their darkest hour to experience the change. The change that you feel when you feel empowered to take control over your emotions and actions, to show yourself grace when you make a mistake or aren’t whatever version of “perfect” you have in your head. The change you feel when you decide to want better for yourself instead of lingering in your struggle.
No matter what your childhood was like, what choices you’ve made, or thoughts you struggle with, you are worthy of wellness, love, and belonging.
Fast forward to present day and I happy to share that I am 7 years in recovery, I obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling, both from the University of North Texas (go Mean Green!) and am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. When I am not working with clients, I like to spend time with my son, daughter, and husband, and you can usually find us out in our big vegetable garden playing with our chickens. I live for Mexican food, anything to do with Magnolia Market, and blogging. I like to cook, but am not very good at it, I work on DIY projects when I can, and have seen more movies and Netflix shows than I’d like to admit.
I look forward to meeting you and being on this journey with you!