"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