"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." --Alfred D. Souza
Do you find yourself saying things like….things will be better when I get married, have a baby, get a new job, make more money, get out of debt, finish school, lose 20 lbs, or when I retire? Once we accomplish those things, we are faced with another unique set of challenges. We continually tell ourselves things will be better when.....
The reality is life is always going to be full of challenges, so we might as well accept that and decide to be happy anyway. Why postpone happiness?
I believe happiness is found in the journey not the destination and we possess the potential to be happy each and every day. It is up to us to decide how we are going to approach the day. I am not saying that life is always easy because it is not. We live in a fast-paced society with multiple demands and shifting priorities. We feel stressed, overworked, misunderstood, experience financial setbacks and a host of other things. When we experience these challenges, we feel not only mentally but physically drained. These challenges have the potential to overwhelm us and get us “off track.” When they do, I am here to help.
I have over 25 years experience and a true passion for helping you overcome challenges that threatens to rob you of the joy in everyday living. My approach blends an understanding of the relationship between physical and psychological issues. Therefore, in therapy I emphasize how your thoughts influence your heart and your heart impacts your actions. If you change your thoughts, your actions follow; therefore, your situation changes.
My goal is to help you regain control of your life, recapture the passion in your relationship, return to activities you used to enjoy or simply appreciate the moments that make your heart feel alive, fulfilled and rejuvenated. I will assist you in your journey to fulfillment by providing a judgment-free, compassionate, safe and comfortable environment in which you can address these challenges and get back “on track.” I understand that considering counseling can be overwhelming or embarrassing but remember the first step is always the hardest so take a deep breath, call me and let's get started.
1994 Stephen F Austin State University – MA in Psychology
1992 Stephen F Austin State University – BS in Psychology Magna Cum Laude
1990 Trinity Valley Community College – AS in Psychology
2016 Prepare & Enrich -- Roseville, MN -- Certified Instructor
2016 Domestic Violence Institute -- Oak Brook, IL -- Certified Instructor
2015 Connie Institute – Hurst, TX – Solution Focus Brief Therapy
2004 HeartMath – Boulder City, CA – HeartMath Provider
2002 Stens Corp – San Fransico, CA – Neurofeedback Training
2001 Stens Corp – San Fransico, CA – Biofeedback Training
2007 Honored for Making a Positive Impact in the Community–Henderson County
2006 Who’s Who Among American Businesswomen
1994 Distinguished Graduate Student Award at Stephen F Austin State University
“Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.”
-John Mark Green
I am passionate about empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles and negotiate the challenges of life using an empathic, non-judgmental, and goal-oriented approach. It is not about perfection. It is about effort. Transformation can be painful, but you’re not falling apart; you’re just falling into something different with a new capacity to be happy. I utilize my training as both a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and psychological assessor to provide an integrative approach to therapy. I have gained a wide range of clinical experience from various settings over the past nine years. I have an extensive background and am skilled in assessment, counseling, crisis management, and psychological testing. I have provided a wide-range of therapeutic treatment for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders through my experience working in both community-based settings and correctional settings. I have vast knowledge in conducting assessments in order to assess personality and psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders, measure intellectual functioning, make treatment recommendations, and determining the need for psychiatric intervention.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a board approved LPC Supervisor. Services provided include but are not limited to: individual and group counseling, family counseling, identification and assessment of psychological and substance use disorders, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments, treatment of psychotic disorders, mood & anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders and the development of improved coping and communication skills. Other areas of expertise include conducting psychological evaluations for use in various complex cases and court settings, as well as testifying.
2008 Argosy University -- MA in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Forensic Psychology
2006 Texas State University -- San Marcos -- BA in Psychology
Human beings are social creatures. Navigating life’s difficulties alone can exacerbate distressing feelings, unwarranted thoughts, and regrettable behaviors. As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, I offer collaboration and support to enable my clients to live each day peacefully as they embrace their authentic selves and the world around them.
I am an affirmative therapist who specializes in substance use, acute mental illness, and LGBT matters. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Addictions from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. In addition, I earned a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as well as a Certificate in Affirmative Therapy with LGBT Clients both from Southern Methodist University. I have worked with a diverse population of clients with concerns ranging from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, various sexual orientations, and gender issues.
Seeking counseling is an act of courage and determination; therefore, clients begin their therapeutic process with a set of strengths they already obtain. These strengths can be utilized to assist in personal growth and development. With the assistance of an empathetic and proficient counselor, any difficulty can be overcome with grace and dignity.
2015 Southern Methodist University – MS in Counseling
2010 University of North Texas – BA in Psychology, Minor in Addictions
Supervised by Darlene Drew, MA, LPC-S
Born and raised in Denton, Texas, I earned myt Bacheors of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Woman’s Univeristy and have recently obtianed my License Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern Certificaiton through the state of Texas. I am thrilled to be able to pursue my passion of supporting individual suffering from substance abuse andchemical dependency issues. I have experience working with adults and adolescents suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse. My goal as a counselor is to be authentic reliable and honest.
2011 Texas Womens University -- BS Psychology
2016 Texas Womens Univeristy -- LCDC Intern
Carolyn Greaves, MA, LPC Intern
Supervised by Darlene Drew, MA, LPC-S
I believe in the phrase that obstacles in life can energize you when you can view life’s difficulties as exciting challenges. Life at times may seem unfair; however, I view it as a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. We learn from the past and from there take the approach to be present in the moment and enjoy the beauty life offers.
I take a creative and enthusiastic approach to counseling and use my counseling tool box to find the best approach to fit your needs. Such tools may include art therapy and pet therapy. If you are interested, we can also take a spiritual approach.
I love working with all kinds of client’s situations. I also specialize in substance abuse, substance abuse screening and the healing the family unit when faced with addiction. I have also worked with clients who are just waiting for that phone call.
2015 Amberton University – MA in counseling
1990 University of North Texas – BBA in Personnel Management Organizational Behavior