M.S., LPC INTERN
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Being a resilient individual, I believe this to be true. I was faced with adversity that could derail anyone from reaching their full potential, but I was determined to rise above my circumstances. I grew up in rural Texas, attending several different schools and moving to several different towns in the Fort Worth area. My parents separated when I was 7 years old and divorced shortly after. I was a product of an unconventional family. Witnessing some of my loved ones fight their battle with mental health, I needed an outlet. Something that was constant and safe. I began playing sports and invested in school activities. I felt a sense of belonging and was a part of something when I was in school. I began playing softball and fell in love with everything about it. I was determined to make my education and game a priority with hopes to one day be a teacher and a coach. My dream had been to positively influence others through the love of the game.
Following high school, I was determined to continue playing softball in college, no matter what it took. I tried out and walked on at Tarleton State University. The odds were against me, but I was hell-bent on playing at least a year just to check it off my list of things I dreamed of doing. Despite being set on coaching and teaching, I became increasingly interested in mental health, relationships, and human development. A year and a half into playing ball, my grades began to suffer, and I ended up having to give up my passion to play to focus solely on my education.
During this time, I lost sight of the person I was. For most of my life I was an athlete, a softball player, a teammate, a leader...I no longer felt like belonged to something and fought to find ways to fill the void. I was lost. The only other thing I knew was to put my head down and give my education my full attention. Before I knew it, I had more psychology credits to graduate with than what I had originally aspired to be. I was eager to learn more about it and to get my toes wet in the field. I was informed by several professors that I wouldn’t “find a psych-related job with just a bachelor’s degree” Intent on proving them wrong, I began working at a local pediatric inpatient psychiatric unit within a month of graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
During the first year, I weighed my options on what would be the next step in furthering my education. I had many doubts about continuing in the field of psychology but was pulled in that direction. I decided to pursue a degree in counseling with focus on play therapy and trauma. Throughout the course of my counseling program I fought several battles to lead me to the person I am today. I spent many years taking care of everyone else around me, I decided it was time to make myself a priority. I was able to process traumatic experiences, evaluate failed relationships, and work towards loving myself again. I ended up graduating with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a goal to one day work in both a hospital and private practice setting.
I thoroughly enjoy working with individuals who have fought their battles and have their story to tell. I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to share your story. As your therapist, I’m here to help you reach your therapeutic goals, discover your unique qualities and reclaim your individual potential.
Know your worth and never settle for less.