Being a parent is one of the most challenging, joyous, fulfilling and frustrating things that many of us will ever attempt in life; it changes us and leads us to self discoveries that we could never have imagined before we began. My life journey as a wife and mother of four led me to a develop a deep interest in the way that human beings connect and communicate with each other and desire to share and learn from others who, like me, are traveling this road without a map. As parents, we rely on instinct, on memories of the way we were or were not parented and the advice of others to help us along the way and I see my practice as a way to provide support and encouragement for families on this journey.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in child and family therapy. Since 2012, I have worked as a therapist in a variety of settings, from schools to behavioral health facilities, in private practices and nonprofit agencies. I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology – Counseling from the University of Houston and I am currently completing the requirements for certification as a Registered Play Therapist. As a therapist, I focus my work on helping families slow down and connect more deeply in order to develop more effective ways of interacting with one another. I help children develop the emotional vocabulary to identify and express the feelings that contribute to their behavior. Because each family is unique, I draw on my experience in a variety of therapy perspectives, including child-centered play therapy, play based cognitive behavior therapy, expressive art therapy, parent/child interactional therapy, mindfulness and solution focused therapy. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and encouraging environment in which children and families develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.