I earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas. I am a member of the APA (American Psychological Association) and the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) International Association, EMDRIA. I completed EMDR training in 2003 & 2004. I trained with the University of California at San Diego, Center for Mindfulness in 2015 for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. I attend annual silent retreats, participate in advanced teacher trainings and am currently being mentored for my MBSR Certification. I also have advanced training in Mindful Self-Compassion.
I focus on issues relevant to most women and men in my practice (anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship challenges-at home and work). I only work with individuals who are 20 years and older. I frequently treat clients challenged by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and have special training in EMDR (Part I & Part II) for trauma resolution .
I use Cognitive Behavioral techniques to aid clients in returning to a healthy level of functioning. While some problems may require a lengthy treatment, many issues people seek therapy for require relatively brief interventions, allowing individuals to progress on their own with infrequent "check ups" or "booster sessions".
I am a mindful meditation practitioner and find that daily meditation decreases my stress levels and symptoms of anxiety. I have added Brain Training, a.k.a. Mindfulness, to my psychotherapy practice in the past few years to aid my clients in their reduction of stress, pain, and life dissatisfaction. I help people live in the present rather than in the past (which can lead to depression) or in the future (a cause of anxiety).
We will work together as a team to determine the type of treatment that is needed for you. I appreciate my client's insight and want to hear about any past experience with counseling, successful or not. I also am interested to know what other tools clients have tried for managing past and current challenges. I am an interactive therapist and enjoy my client's participation each session.
I look forward to working as a partner with you on the issues that you most want help with.