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 a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT-C) and trained 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.
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 love and passion for helping others with mental illness began 20 years ago when I was a foster parent, caring for children who had experienced significant trauma. Since that time, I have dedicated my career to helping others find hope and healing. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the State of Texas, and received my Masters in Counseling through Wayland Baptist University.
I have a diverse background, having worked as a parenting instructor, family conflict specialist, adolescent unit director in behavioral health hospitals, and provide psychotherapy/marriage counseling in private practice settings. I am an eclectic therapist who is trained in EMDR, and draw on multiple other therapeutic approaches to include CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Marriage Therapy.
In addition to my work experience as a counselor, my cultural background, life experiences and personality brings fresh energy and ability to provide a safe place to help foster healing and growth. I am a straight-forward, passionate, assertive, compassionate and perceptive counselor. These are deep rooted values that were cultivated as a child who was raised in Alaska, spent 22 years as a military wife, living all throughout the world and raising my four children.
My goal is to build a trusting relationship with the adolescents, adults and couples I work with so they can feel heard and empowered to make small steps towards positive changes in their lives.
I have over 36 years of experience in the counseling field and am very passionate about helping people grow through their pain and suffering. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, treatment centers, and for over 20+ years worked as one of the Employee Assistance Program Managers and Critical Response Team for American Airlines. Trauma and grief work, as they impact relationships, is a specialty of mine.
My education includes a Masters at Amberton University in Counseling, graduate of the Institute of Alcoholic Studies, and the State University of New York, StonyBrook. I am licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas. In addition, I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and am PIT trained in the Pia Mellody model of recovery.
I look forward to walking your healing journey with you.