Welcome! If you’ve landed here, you might be feeling concerned about your child, and I invite you to read more about me here and on other pages in order to determine if I’d be the right person to help you 🙂
I provide counseling services to children and adolescents, many of whom are experiencing difficult life transitions, grief, or anxiety. I also collaborate with parents to help them better understand their child’s challenges and how to more effectively respond.
Whether I’m meeting with a child, teen, or parent, my goal is always to provide a safe and supportive environment so that the person in front of me feels heard and accepted as they are. I most often take a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy, because I believe clients are the experts of their own experiences, and need mostly support and guidance from therapists in order to confidently lead their lives. When needed, I do pull in techniques from more directive approaches in order to gently confront faulty ways of thinking, or teach new ways of coping.
I fully believe that therapy works by helping us understand ourselves better, stop destructive patterns, and improve our relationships.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in 2011, and my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2014. I am licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (meaning I can supervise counselor interns in addition to practicing therapy). I am also certified in Positive Discipline, a parenting curriculum. I have recently published Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids, which you can find on Amazon.
Rather than limiting my knowledge to the office, I also perform other roles in the mental health community! I currently work as the Executive Assistant for the Texas SandTray Association, and have held board positions with the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy. I’m also a member of the Association for Play Therapy and National Alliance for Grieving Children.
Fun facts about me:
- When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, baking, and playing mediocre tennis with my husband.
- I have a new puppy, Elsie, who is named after the restaurant where we got her (“Elsewhere” in San Antonio, TX)
- I have a goal to visit all 50 states, and I’ve conquered half of them so far!