For healing to occur and a change in functioning to begin and be sustained, the understanding and processing of prior life experiences and subsequent difficult emotions is often a key. The release and freedom that accompanies this discovery far outweigh any surmounting apprehension and fears. People are stronger than they realize. For those who have experienced trauma, their survival is evidence of how strong and courageous they really are.
Because I am compassionate, I care deeply about clients’, their hurting and healing, and the progress they make as they go through counseling. Although it may seem impossible to believe that a “stranger” really cares about someone they just met, I truly care about the clients with whom I work. This has been a prevalent quality since early childhood and others have said they remember me taking up for the “underdog.” I also recognize clients’ time is valuable as is my own, so there is an expectation that meaningful work will occur during the session and outside of the counseling hour. Experience with clients shows that expanding knowledge and practicing what is learned are critical to making improvements, therefore sharing of educational information and referencing specific books related to client's particular struggles are part of my counseling approach. Clients who consistently achieve their goals discuss recommended readings and process assignments completed between appointments during sessions.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Divorce & separation
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapy
EMDR Training I & II
LA, LPC, 2016
LA, LMFT, 356
TX, LPC, 67981
MA, Psychology with emphasis on Counseling, December 1994, McNeese State University
BS, Marketing & Management, Psychology Minor, 1984, McNeese State University
Over the past 25 years, I have provided individuals, couples, and families opportunities for improving life satisfaction by addressing issues around relationships, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and anger and stress management. The first step with clients is to complete a thorough psychosocial interview. During the initial appointment, clients share certain aspects of their life, personal strengths, and reasons for counseling, as well as ask questions they may have about counseling. My approach to counseling, which is shared with clients during this appointment, is adapted based on the client’s needs and identified goals. From this point, we work together to learn alternative ways of coping, increase awareness and understanding, break problematic patterns, and strengthen functioning.
522 Clarence Street, Lake Charles, 70601, LA