M.S., LPC INTERN
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” -Brene Brown
Growing up as an adoptee, I constantly struggled with identity issues and finding my place in this world. Feeling a sense of connection and belonging was extremely important to me. It took me some time to realize that being different was a strength, not a weakness, and to accept who I was as a person.
I realize now that we will always experience self-doubt. We all have the desire to feel wanted, loved and appreciated. I believe that the way to becoming one’s authentic self is to embrace who one is and where one is in the journey we’re all experiencing.
Self-acceptance is something all individuals will struggle with at different times throughout their life-span. I strongly believe that connection and empathy are the pathway to learning more about who we are and how we relate to one another.
My call to counseling came through years as an early childhood educator. After receiving my first Masters in early childhood education from Texas Christian University, I began teaching children from various backgrounds and cultures in the US and abroad. Throughout my experience, I was able to recognize a greater need for social and emotional development in young children. I strongly believe that children communicate through play and real life experiences, giving them the ability to express themselves freely and openly. I have a strong passion for guiding, supporting, and interacting with young children, and feel that early intervention plays an integral part of their healthy development.
My counseling experience lies primarily with children and adolescents, although I have treated adults as well. Most recently, I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Masters degree in counseling development where I received training in various therapeutic techniques and interventions. Throughout my counseling experience, I have encouraged my clients to be open-minded, challenge their thinking and draw their own conclusions. I help provide a different lens from which they can view themselves, identifying any discrepancies or patterns that may be helpful to their journey of self-discovery.
I use various therapeutic models which include: child-centered play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive art therapy, art therapy, filial therapy, mindfulness, person-centered therapy, integrative, and solution-focused therapy. My goal is to provide a safe and encouraging environment in which children, families and adults can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.