M.S., LPC INTERN
The first time I remember an interest in pursuing counseling as a career, I was 14. To me it has always been a calling linked directly to my faith. Because I was drawn to the profession at a young age, I began working towards it through volunteer work and various academic experiences that shaped who I am as a counselor today. By my undergraduate program at Texas A&M, I had worked with children from birth to late adolescence in a variety of contexts and socioeconomic backgrounds. This led me to an internship with young moms in crisis and gave me a passion for the family system that has only grown now that I am a parent and wife. At the same time, I developed a deeper understanding of the importance of trauma and began to research concepts like adoption, foster care, human development, the brain, and women’s issues.
Even though I felt an early connection to counseling, my journey has not always been a straight line. As long as I can remember I performed for approval to achieve the love in my life – through grades, within my family, at work, at church, and even when helping others. I linked what I did for others as love. I worked to fit in while taking responsibility for those around me. In this process, I built a wall around my true self. It gave me something to blame, and a place to hide when I felt rejected. My distaste for vulnerability, boundaries, and my own emotions, made relationships difficult and slippery. I was surrounded by people, and I was lonely.
During college, I found myself in an abusive and unfaithful relationship that slowly became more aggressive. When we broke up, it sent me through a process of painful self-discovery. This self-discovery took years, it took more relational damage, it took a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of North Texas, and it took Brene Brown’s work on shame to finally recognize how my tendency towards perfectionism and rescuing others was a way I kept people at arm’s length. I decided then to risk myself by being vulnerable with whom I am and committing to doing my own work to integrate all pieces of my journey – even my failures.
By willingly going through my own process I have learned to be with people in their pain and in their struggle towards greater wellness. We are all in a process, and each of us needs extra support at different times in our lives. I deeply believe in the power of connection and empathy alongside honest self-reflection. I hope to support you in your work towards your goals. I cannot do it for you, but I can be with you.
I am equipped to see people throughout the lifespan including children, teens, and adults of all ages. I especially enjoy working with women, people struggling through anxiety, transition into or out of college, parents, faith issues, or those wanting to address past trauma or family roles.