"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
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
Sometimes we find ourselves faced with circumstances that are different than we expected. We think we're going out on an afternoon walk, but suddenly we find ourselves lost in the forest. It's a struggle to know what to do and where to go next. We do our best to try to find our way. In those times it would be a relief to find a map and a compass, or to meet a guide who could help us. I see my role as that guide. I aim to help you find the map and compass you need to make the walk home easier.
I have had the honor of working with individuals with concerns such as depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, grief, identity concerns including gender identity, LGBTQIA+ matters and others. I particularly enjoy working with parents to help them adjust to the joys and challenges of parenting. I believe that it takes great courage and strength to make life changes and that change is a journey and not just an end result. My role is to act as a guide to help you use the tools you have and to develop new ones to overcome the obstacles you encounter. I look forward to guiding you down any new path you choose with confidence.
Life is a series of adjustments -Kimora Lee Simons
I believe that we may have similar experiences as someone else but the way we process our experience and the outcome can be totally different. For this reason, my primary focus is the use of an eclectic approach which allows me to incorporate a variety of methods to meet the specific needs of my clients. I understand that change can be hard because we are stepping into an unknown territory but I am here to provide you a safe haven and guide you through your journey.
I have experience working with clients in inpatient, partial hospitalization, intense outpatient settings, as well as, individual counseling. I have lived in Asia and Europe which has allowed me to understand the importance of cultural awareness and diversity in various ethnicities and cultures. I am also fluent in German.
I am a Licensed professional counselor intern under the supervision of Darlene Drew, LPC-S. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU I completed the dual track in Counseling and Family and Marriage Therapy.