I typically take a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy, because I believe clients are the experts of their own lives 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.
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, relationship conflict or interpersonal violence. I also love working with parents to strengthen their bonds with their children and provide specific tools for managing behavior. I strongly believe in the importance of children feeling understood and supported within their families.
With me, therapy is collaborative and moves at a pace that is comfortable for clients. I also like to add in humor and engaging activities when appropriate, because I think we learn best when we’re truly interested and involved in the process. 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.