In the time that I have been a therapist, I have worked with children, adolescents and young adults, many of whom are experiencing anxiety or depression, difficult life transitions, or interpersonal violence. I have worked mostly in non-profit agencies, and more recently entered private practice, where I see people with a wide variety of concerns.
Most often, I 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 you’re in my office, you get to decide what you want to talk about in each session, and what goals are most important to you to work on. 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 and am also a Registered Play Therapist, having completed advanced education and supervised experience in play therapy. I have recently published Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids, which you can find on Amazon.
I also serve as the President for the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and as Secretary of the Austin Sandtray Association. I’m also a member of the Association for Play Therapy and National Alliance for Grieving Children. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and baking!