A first session with me typically consists of reviewing your informed consent, which includes discussing expectations for the therapy process and answering any questions you may have. Next, I will gather information in order to get to know you, illicit a brief history, and collaboratively set goals for counseling. The first session also gives you an opportunity to get to know me so that we can determine if we are the right fit for one another. It’s important to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship in order for counseling to be most effective. In subsequent sessions, I empower my client to take the lead in processing their feelings and experiences with my support and guidance.
During my adolescence, my family, like many, was faced with adversities which later led me to seek personal therapy as a young adult. My own journey allowed me to process my thoughts and feelings which resulted in growth and self-awareness. My positive experience contributed to my passion for the field of psychology and inspired me to want to provide hope and healing for others. I pursued my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, then later obtained my graduate degree in Counseling. It is my true pleasure to be a part of my client’s journey, to watch them grow, and to find relief from their distress.
I am an eclectic counselor who utilizes a primarily person-centered approach. I provide a safe, trustworthy, and growth-promoting environment where you can experience empathic listening, nonjudgmental acceptance, and self-actualized healing. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, so I also integrate other evidence-based techniques based on the individual client. These additional modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure (PE), the Gottman method and family systems theories, among others.
In my life, I aim to love people unconditionally, which involves valuing their unique self without judgement, and recognizing that their feelings and experiences are valid even if they differ from my own. This is similar to my treatment philosophy which includes providing unconditional positive regard, validation, and empathy resulting in client growth. I value health, both physically and mentally, and aim to help my clients reach their potential in becoming the best version of themselves.
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.
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.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
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.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
The Gottman Method
TeleMental Health Training Certificate (THTC)
Basic EMDR Therapy Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Intensive Training & Certificate
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) Assessment Facilitator
Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
TX, LPC, 79464
Master of Arts in Counseling, Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
My previous experience includes providing therapy to individuals and couples in a private practice setting addressing various challenges to include anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I also have experience providing therapy to adolescents/teens and their families in a juvenile probation/detention center setting. I conducted individual, family, and group counseling to address challenges with decision making, family relationships, anger management, and personal/career development among other issues.
Everhart Terrace Drive, Fresno, 77545, TX