I have committed my professional career to serving the psychological, social and emotional needs of my clients. As a licensed psychologist, my clinical practice focuses on the holistic treatment of relationships, including individual and couples therapy, family conflict, trauma and addiction.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Purdue University, a Master of Arts in psychology from Notre Dame University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. My postdoctoral education includes clinical training in family systems therapy and more recent postdoctoral training in trauma and addiction provided by Pia Mellody and Patrick Carnes. I also hold a national certification in Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT) and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I’ve shared my passion and expertise on a regular basis through The Meadows Lecture Series, as well as speaking at universities, conferences and schools.
I began my counseling career in ministry and use this background to integrate spiritual principles into helping clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their partner and other important people in their lives. I offer private counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups.
I have a Master of Arts in Counseling from Amberton University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. I am credentialed as an LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) and LPC-S (Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor). Both of these credentials are licenses from the State of Texas. In addition, I am trained in Sex Addiction Training (CSAT-C) and in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Dina and I both consult with businesses, churches and organizations around conflict management, relational policies and emotional development within the organization.
I have served the mental health and recovery communities for many years through volunteer and professional services. I have experience serving inpatient and outpatient (IOP) clients with mental health, recovery and addiction issues. I also have a great passion for working with couples. I bring this experience to serve my clients with principles of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to address issues such as addiction, shame, anxiety, depression, building good communication in relationships and address a wide range of mental health diagnoses. The orientation of my practice is toward resilience, optimism and life satisfaction. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).
I hold a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern, and in my undergraduate work I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
After spending 23 years as a minister leading churches in California, Wisconsin and Texas I decided to redirect my career toward professional counseling. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I have worked with both individuals and couples in settings ranging from hospitals to substance abuse clinics to private practice. My passion is helping people find relief from painful experiences and emotions and gain new insights that free them to fulfill their desires and life purpose, as well as deepen their relationships.
I earned my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. Before that I earned a Doctor of Ministry from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Divinity from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts in ministry from Oklahoma Christian University and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Harding University. I have completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
As a therapist, my passion lies in working with individuals to incorporate the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in the healing process. I am strongly influenced by therapeutic approaches that empower individuals to find solutions and heal the whole-self. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and somatic experiencing techniques in my work with individuals struggling with traumatic memories, addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression. I have worked with individuals, families and groups in residential, outpatient and private practice settings. I believe that every individual possesses an ability to develop the tools and insight to face life’s challenges, heal, and find true happiness.
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. In addition, I hold a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from Saint Louis University. I am credentialed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I have extensive experience with addiction and trauma. I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. In addition, I am a Reiki Master and yoga instructor (RYT200) specializing in Meditation, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR).
My 10 years of counseling experience has been working with families, couples, individuals and groups in a variety of settings. I have worked in residential treatment centers, outpatient and private practice, and community resource settings. My focus is to help people understand and equip them to change the specific feelings and thought patterns that drive poor choices. My true passion is to work with children and adolescents and their families. I find guiding them through this sensitive and thrilling stage of life propels them towards healthy self-actualization.
I teach my clients that support and growth is available to them and that support is a resource that enhances their self reliance and strength. In this shift they learn to become their authentic selves and their lives improve faster.
I have a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. I am certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and am Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.