Welcome! To be in this moment, reading this webpage, you have shown strength and resiliency. I'd be honored to help you embrace that.
Psychologist in Dallas, TX
I believe that, frequently, negative beliefs about ourselves form from past experiences such as traumas, being ignored, being pressured to be a particular way, or societal messages. These beliefs impact how we act toward others, which can in turn negatively influence relationships and make us continue to have negative beliefs. It can be empowering to figure how to change our relationships and interactions with others, challenging negative thinking, and learning new assertive ways of coping.
I also believe that learning to treat yourself like a friend is important. Do you find that you are very hard on yourself, almost to the extent of berating yourself, when you make a mistake? Although that can feel like it keeps you motivated, it also can keep you disliking yourself and pushing yourself down. But, if you learn how to “give yourself a hand” and pull yourself up through self-compassion, you can live a life in which you learn from your experiences and use them to empower yourself.
If you’re nervous about coming in and talking to a therapist, you’re not alone. If you find yourself feeling this, animal-assisted therapy can be a great way to help you feel more at ease. Many of my clients love working with Rockstar the therapy dog, as they can pet him to self-soothe, look at him instead of me, or use him as a distractor to let themselves talk about challenging emotions or events. He'll be happy to meet you!
In addition to providing individual therapy for issues related to sexual identity, my experience in working with the individuals of marginalized sexual identities includes facilitating a support group for LGB+ individuals, delivering LGB+ trainings to universities and DFW organizations, participating as a therapist on a Queers and Allies consultation and outreach team, and collaborating with a university LGBT Resource Center to develop outreach programs.
I appreciate collaborating with MDs providing HRT and gender-affirming surgeries to best support my individual therapy clients. Additionally, my experience in working with the non-binary and gender expansive community includes delivering related trainings to a university as well as organizations in the DFW area, participating as a therapist on a Queers and Allies consultation and outreach team, and collaborating with a university LGBT Resource Center to develop outreach programs.
I have worked on multiple eating disorder treatment teams, as well as collaboratively developed a team at the university I previously worked at, coordinated a doctoral training experience with an emphasis on eating disorders, and run multiple therapy and support groups for individuals identifying as women, men, and all genders who are experiencing eating disorder symptoms. I currently coordinate the Fort Worth National Eating Disorders Association Walk and provide related trainings.