I want people to know that therapy is not what you see in the movies... we don't make you lay on the couch or shrink your head or tell you who ruined your life or embarrass you! Therapists also don't force you to discuss anything you don't want to talk about. Therapy is about getting to know you and helping you clarify your personal, relationship or life goals while building a relationship of teamwork and mutual respect. Good therapists point out your strengths and teach you tools to help you feel better and reach your personal goals. Another stereotype of therapy is that you have to talk about painful things to feel better and this is not true. Many times therapy can be fun and enjoyable. It should be a process of discovery and action. Your therapist is like an encouraging coach who gives you the questions and the tools that help empower you to move forward toward your goals.
The most powerful thing I have learned in my career as a therapist is that nothing is impossible when it comes to transformation. In other words, there is no wound that cannot be repaired if the person truly wants to heal. I have worked with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, children through adults and I have seen amazing transformations when people put in the work to change. People need different types of approaches for healing. The therapy process is not always easy, but therapy really does work.
I have researched multicultural issues in counseling leadership as well as cultural issues that happen in clinical counseling settings. This informs my daily practice with clients to be cognizant of their cultural and spiritual values and needs. I do my best to try to understand the perspective of my client and to honor what is most important to them. I also approach psychotherapy by focusing on cultural and familial wisdom and traditions that can be used to help my client reach their goals. I am a multiracial person and not afraid to discuss issues of religion, race or ethnicity with my clients.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Designed to help people choose, change, or leave a career at any stage of life. Careers are often wrapped up in people’s perceived identity, therefore, any change can cause anxiety and/or depression.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Process designed to equip people with tools, motivation, and inspiration necessary to make positive change and maximize personal and professional potential. Life coaches are generally helpful during life transitions or for goal setting and completion.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Other Trauma Informed Approaches
Certificate in Adult Education
Shamballa Reiki Master
TX, LPC, 63872
M.A. in Community Counseling
Ph.D. in Education with concentration in Organizational Leadership
Clinical Director of Montrose Center (Houston) - Worked with LQBTQ+ populations Director of Counseling Services (University of the Incarnate Word Osteopathic School of Medicine) -Worked with Medical, Professional and University Students and Programs Chief Clinical Officer/ Clinical Director (St. Peter St. Joseph Children's Home)- Was responsible for outpatient therapy and clinical services for children in domestic care Clinical Administrator/ Clinical Practitioner (Center for Health Care Services) - Responsible for Children's Outpatient and Head Start Services Internships at Family Violence Prevention Services and Communities in Schools to provide counseling to at risk individuals Associate Director McNair Scholars Program (Our Lady of the Lake University)- Provided counseling with first generation, low income and students of color to help them obtain education through the doctorate and overcome personal challenges Adjunct Faculty in Psychology/ Student Development at different colleges and universities
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