For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about helping people. My earliest jobs were positions I sought out to work with hurting families, children who had experienced trauma, and adults struggling with grief and loss. When I had the opportunity early in my career to start my clinical training as a therapist at a child care center for homeless families in Dallas, Texas, I jumped at the opportunity.
My first clients at the child care center were very young children and their parents, many who were just teenagers themselves. These families faced overwhelming difficulties related to past and present traumatic experiences, lack of social support, relational issues, negative life patterns, clinical depression, severe anxiety, and extreme financial hardship. I quickly learned that it wasn’t enough just to offer emotional support and a positive relationship, the families I served also needed practical help and solutions just to survive.
This early work experience made a lasting impression on me. I learned that effective treatment must be both relational and practical to make a difference. This is the reason I specialize in an individualized and integrative approach to therapy that is relational and supportive, built on a concrete plan and real solutions that relieve symptoms quickly, and focused on goals that restore hope for the future.
I have experienced first hand that people can heal when they understand their past, have their needs met in the present, and find hope for their future. Even in the most dire circumstances I witnessed working with homeless families, I saw hope emerge and lives change for the better. I learned that there is great strength and potential in every person to survive difficult things, that every problem comes with an opportunity for growth and restoration, and that the hardest things that happen can inspire great change and lead to a better place.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families, and more than a decade of experience as a practicing therapist. After earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, I moved to Dallas, Texas, to start my career as a mental health professional. While living in Dallas, I completed two postgraduate psychotherapy programs, one for adults and one for children and adolescents, and worked at a number of agencies before starting a counseling private practice.
Over the years, I gained enough expertise in the mental health field to oversee programs as a Manager and Clinical Director, supervise therapists in training, provide consultation to non-profit programs, and teach postgraduate psychotherapy classes at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. My work history includes serving as Clinical Director for a non-profit mental health program that served children, adolescents, and adults, and the Children with Disabilities/Social Services Manager for four Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Dallas area. I started a private therapy practice in 2005 in Dallas, Texas, then in 2012 moved my practice to Colorado Springs where I currently work with children, adolescents, adults, and families.