B.S. Psychology, TCU (2004)
M.S. Counseling Psychology, Tarleton State (2007)
Licensed Professional Counselor and LPC Supervisor (TX)
15+ years providing therapy & psychological assessment
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
EMDR Trained Therapist
Neuropsychotherapy NPT-C (completion in May, 2024)
ADHD Cert. Clinical Services Provider
Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP)
Cert. Somatic Attachment Therapist
Certified Breath Work Therapist
Mindfulness-Based Therapy & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Trained Practitioner
Certified Meditation and Yoga Instructor (RYT 200)
Member of American Psychological Association (Division 17 - Counseling Psychology, Division 15 - Educational Psychology)
Greetings and a warm welcome! I appreciate you dedicating your time to exploring and learning more. I personally understand that the significance of selecting a therapist or an evaluator goes beyond just credentials; it encompasses experiencing a feeling of understanding and being heard, feeling connected, and having trust in capable hands. As you consider this important decision, I'd love to share some insights about my practice and myself.
With over 15 years of experience, I specialize in psychotherapy, psychological testing, and continuous education, holding a B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University. My career spans clinical and academic settings. I've worked in private clinics, provided group therapy, and conducted psychological/neuropsychological assessments.
Additionally, I held the position of adjunct Psychology Instructor at both TCC and Tarleton State University, where I taught various psychology courses. My experience extends to roles such as a therapist at the TCU Mental Health Clinic, a Disabilities Services Specialist, and an independent Psychoeducational Evaluator for TCU Athletics. In addition, I have provided therapeutic services at the Women's Center in Fort Worth, the Youth Advocacy Program, and Austin Restorative Therapies in Austin, Texas.
About nine years ago, I established my own practice in Fort Worth, where I now continue to provide therapy, coaching, and evaluation services to adults and "emerging adults." I firmly believe in an integrative approach and am open and aware of many paths for healing and growth. I meet my clients wherever they are in their process and uniquely tailor treatment to their specific needs. I regard it as an honor to provide assistance and observe the process of personal growth, whether through psychotherapy or evaluation. It's been deeply fulfilling to witness individuals making positive strides in various dimensions of their lives – be it emotional, behavioral, academic, career-related, or beyond. This experience reinforces my belief in the power of positive change and our capacity to embrace it.
In more depth:
I've always been interested in psychology, personality, human relationships, health and wellness, human potential, and what motivates us and why. Also of interest has been philosophy, culture/society, various types of spirituality, alternative medicine, and what influences shape us personally and collectively. I believe evaluating our lives from a wider perspective is vital to obtain insight and to hold space for the numerous themes and situations of human suffering and flourishing. I am an advocate for understanding and cultivating what genuinely gives each of us meaning and purpose and how we may all heal and grow.
I'm also deeply fascinated by how the brain works, different types of learning styles, creativity, problem-solving, and, most importantly, how we can best utilize and harness our attention and time. I enjoy helping my clients craft and work towards positive goals for themselves based on their deepest desires and needs and cultivating the behaviors, thoughts, and perspectives that lead to a more fulfilling life experience in whatever capacity that might be.
As a native Texan with a country spirit, I have a deep fondness for being outdoors, traveling, hiking, and sunrises. I enjoy photography, music, DIY projects, and gardening with my husband during my free time. I also love learning and often have my nose in my Kindle or watching a course of some sort. I cherish time with my loved ones, practicing yoga and meditation, and doing my best to engage in needed self-care when I can. On top of that, my life is enriched by the company of a rescued Doberman named Ruby and an exceptionally grumpy cat named Runt.
Over the last couple of years, I've engaged in a side project, Freebird Meditations, creating a guided meditation and exploring mindfulness. You can find my meditations on platforms like Insight Timer. The themes of these meditations often revolve around prevalent societal issues and topics frequently addressed in my client's work, such as anxiety, fear, stress, the importance of self-love, compassion, and basic mindfulness techniques.
This year (2024), I am excited to complete and launch ZenQuit, a mindfulness-based smoking cessation program. Growing up in a family of smokers, I saw both my father and grandmother go completely blind, yet they never gave up smoking. Watching a blind individual "sit in the dark" and attempt to light a cigarette repeatedly was a heart-wrenching experience. I will admit I also personally grappled with smoking for quite some time, but thankfully, I ultimately found freedom from it and will never look back. My path has deeply inspired me to assist others. I am enthusiastic about introducing this program, which I often describe as more than just a method—it's a love story.
I also enjoy collecting thought provoking quotes, here are a few of my favorites:
"Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens."
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
“Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two, our life flows.”
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
“One of the most challenging things I’ve had to learn is that healing must be intentional. There is no one golden day that comes and saves you from all your misery. Healing is a practice. You have to decide that it’s what you want to do and actively do it. You have to make a habit out of it. Once I learned that, I only looked back to see how far I came.”
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
“And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope.”
-Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
“We grieve because we love. The intensity of the grief often proclaims the depth of our love."
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
“We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
— Thomas s. Monson
The world keeps changing, and you are part of the world, but even if it changes to be worse, you can still change yourself for the better.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'"
— Mary Anne Radmacher
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson