At The Family Institute, I received extensive education in treating individuals, couples, and families from pioneers and innovators in the field of family therapy. Unlike other programs, the Family Institute requires students to begin seeing clients during their first year of training. As a result of such a rigorous experience, upon graduation, I felt confident and ready to provide therapy to many different types of clients.
Once I began working in the mental health field, I continued my education through supervision with Dr. Adam Coffey. With his guidance, I further developed my identity as a therapist, strengthening my ability to integrate practical application of theory with the creation of authentic, supportive relationships. Dr. Coffey also encouraged my study of mindfulness-based practices. As I incorporated mindfulness into my therapeutic approach, I found it to be a powerful tool for re-energizing and transforming lives.
I began my private practice in Denton, Texas in 2010. In 2015, I transitioned to working full-time in Southlake, Texas. I work primarily with couples, teens, and young adults. I welcome both unmarried and married couples and the LGBTQ community. I often incorporate family therapy into my work with with teens and young adults.
From 2007 to 2011, I provided social skills groups and individual therapy in alternative education settings and an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Denton and Dallas, respectively. Working in this capacity has offered me extensive experience working with teens, especially those considered "at-risk."
In January 2009, I finished two years working as a contract family therapist for Youth and Family Counseling in Flower Mound, where I conducted therapy with a variety of individuals, couples, and families. I also participated in the First Offender Program, which offered family therapy as an alternative to legal consequences for teens under 17.
In the past, I have worked with foster children and their families, providing leadership and support, as well as in-home therapy and crisis intervention. I also have some experience working with domestic violence survivors, offering individual and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention.
People and the way they relate to each other have fascinated me since I was young. As a quiet observer, I recognized the evolution within relationships and within people, as well as a desire to be connected to each other. Sometimes that connection gets disrupted... And here is where I found my strength and my passion. There is nothing more gratifying than watching an individual's or a family's healing progression from disconnection to reconnection. I consider it a powerful process that affects both my clients and me as a professional.