I am a change agent. I love being present with my clients as they are empowered to create the changes they want in order to enjoy life more.
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Allen, TX
Supervised by Jennifer M. Ryan, PhD, LPC Supervisor
EMDR is a powerful tool to help resolve thoughts, feelings, and body sensations resulting from traumatic experiences, abuse, and other maladaptive experiences. EMDR is well-researched, and I have myself used EMDR with my own counselor and have seen first-hand both as client and counselor how healing it can be.
I have been interested in the meaning of life since I first read Man's Search For Meaning 30 years ago. As a cancer patient, I have had a lot of time to consider my own purpose, and I think most people at some point (or many points) in their lives have moments where they contemplate what this all means. I love exploring that question with my clients and helping them to create meaning for themselves.
Understanding family patterns can help us understand how we got to where we are today. Along with attachment theory, I use family systems to help clients build a picture of their past so they understand who they are in their relationships today, and can make choices about how they want to grow in relation to themselves and others.
Cancer is the reason I became a counselor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and in 2016 decided to go to graduate school to become a counselor so that I can serve fellow cancer survivors and terminally ill clients. I am not afraid to talk about pain, death, religion, sexuality, or whatever other issues come up as a result of a cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and survivorship.
Many women are walking around with #metoo traumas, issues with inequality in marriage and at work, and a plethora of other issues related to having a female body. Women also sometimes struggle with motherhood, having had abortions, family issues, and a host of other troubles that need sorting out. I am a feminist therapist, and I enjoy helping my female clients make sense of their experiences using a feminist lens.
I work with women who have sexual issues ranging from vaginismus to low libido to menopause-related symptoms. My goal is for every woman I work with to have as pleasurable of a sex life as she wants to have. I also work closely with an OBGYN who specializes in sexual pain issues, as often sexual issues have both physical and mental components.