Helping you live life according to your values, not your fears.
I believe that people can achieve real, lasting change in their lives and that we are all made in the image of God. Because of that, I understand that brokenness and pain are not the truest part of any human being. I enjoy celebrating with my clients as they begin see their own value more clearly. It is a privilege to watch my clients become more and more released into the person they were created to be.
I see counseling as a committed and dynamic process. I believe it takes courage to actively engage in therapy and I tailor each session to fit the needs of my clients. I value the opportunity to see the beauty in people while they share their pain and difficulties. I consider it a gift to watch my clients experience the freedom that grace brings.
I am a multi-specialist. I have advanced training, supervision, and continue my education and treatment in the following areas:
Anxiety Related Disorders
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
Perinatal Mental Health
I have specialized training in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) to treat obsessive compulsive concerns through the International OCD Foundation. I frequently work with people struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias, perfectionism, and obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors. I take a structured approach to anxiety, especially panic, phobias, and obsessive compulsive struggles. I join my clients on location to complete difficult exposure exercises, to empower my clients to live their life according to their values instead of their fears. Instead of just talking about fears and avoidance, I work actively with my clients to face and conquer the anxieties and phobias that restrict their lives.
I have also completed training and supervision through The TLC Foundation for BFRBs in Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB) for treating hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting/picking and other BFRBs. I enjoy helping my clients increase awareness of their body-focused repetitive behavior and develop creative and sustainable ways to meet their sensory needs. I help reduce frequency and intensity of the BFRB, help in developing coping skills for managing emotions related to living with a BFRB and resolve the trauma and pain related.
I am one of the first clinicians to hold a certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International. Because I have multiple specialty areas, I am uniquely qualified to help individuals suffering from reproductive trauma (infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, etc.) and anxiety and OCD in the perinatal period. I give my clients a safe, validating environment to share their story that is so often minimized and misunderstood by others. Together we acknowledge the gravity of their experiences, process the trauma they have sustained, and find ways to restore a sense of power and belonging.
I am a trauma competent clinician, having specialized first in trauma. I have worked with clients who have experienced abuse, neglect, motor vehicle accidents, violent losses, and other concerns. I am trained to provide two neurologically based therapies for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI). I have seen these to be helpful in decreasing and resolving the effects of traumatic experiences.
I am equipped to address depression, grief, loss, relationship difficulties and spiritual issues. I focus on helping my clients learn to treat themselves with respect, compassion, and tenderness. We work on managing emotions effectively, developing communication and assertiveness skills, and transforming unhelpful thoughts.
In my work with couples, I take a sensitive but practical approach, equipping each couple with the tools needed to mend and strengthen their relationship. I believe in the importance of true partnership and mutuality in marriage, with both spouses having their voices equally heard and their opinions equally weighed. I focus on healthy communication and changing attitudes about marriage and each other to assist my clients in finding each other emotionally and developing lasting intimacy. I am trained in Gottman Method for couples and I combine that with an Emotion Focused (EFT) approach.
I hold a masters degree in counseling psychology from Trinity Western University and completed my undergraduate work in both psychology and religious studies. I am a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
Though born and raised in the Houston area, I have lived in England and Canada. I enjoy reading, photography, and learning new things. I live with my husband, two children, and dog.