M.Ed., M.S., LPC
Connection & Recovery Therapy—Sex & Love Addiction
Perhaps the greatest motivator in my pursuit of the counseling profession is a desire to help others feel seen. I don’t think there’s anything as fulfilling in life as truly being seen—valued, heard, cared about, known—and I don’t think there’s anything as empty as not. I know this because I’ve spent much of my life hustling to be seen. Born into an oilfield family in the early 1980s, I was six years old when the oil boom busted, covering my family in a slick mess of devastation—emotional, financial, relational—from which we never really recovered.
My own therapeutic journey began in my early 30’s when I no longer recognized the woman standing in the mirror. Enviable from the outside, my struggles with perfectionism, shame, and relationships had left me skinless—dried out, withered, vulnerable, and bare. My road to recovery truly has been the best of times and the worst of times. Striving toward emotional and mental health is the most difficult struggle I’ve ever endured; it is also the most rewarding.
I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University in 2016. I also hold a Masters in Education and one in Library and Information Sciences. I work with men and women from young adulthood on struggling with a myriad of issues that contribute to general life stuckness. Additionally, as a CCRT-SLA, I work with both addicts and partners of addicts as they walk the journey of recovery together as well as non-addicted couples struggling with everyday life stressors. I work primarily from an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) model that helps clients distinguish between adaptive emotions and emotions that tend to keep us stuck, and I offer an empathic and unconditionally supportive environment to explore presenting issues. I understand the importance of owning one’s story and enjoy partnering with clients as they forge their path to self-acceptance, authenticity, and wholehearted living.
Happiness turned to me and said:
“It is time. It is time to forgive yourself for all of the things you did not become. It is time to exonerate yourself for all of the people you could not save, for all of the fragile hearts you fumbled with in the dark of your confusion. It is time, child, to accept that you do not have to be who you were a year ago, that you do not have to want the same things. Above all else, it is time to believe, with reckless abandon, that you are worthy of me, for I have been waiting for years.”