"I am ME. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it--I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know--but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me. However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am ME, and I am OKAY." ~ Virginia Satir
A truly common thread amongst all of the clients I’ve had the privilege of working with is that each and every one desires more MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS with others and the world around them. Sometimes….the “other” that they desire a deeper connection with is THEMSELVES.
I love helping people learn to relate to one another in a deeper and more productive way.
Whether in the context of Individual support or Couples/Marriage/Family support, I love helping people create space for more JOY, more AUTHENTICITY, more BREATH, more LOVE, more CONNECTION, more HUMANITY……more of what works for them and consequently, the space for letting go of what is no longer working.
In my free time, I enjoy time outdoors, reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with my husband and the two other joys of my life--an australian shepherd mix and a golden retriever.
Other Interests: Yoga; Mindfulness; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Yoga Therapy; Meditation
Therapeutic influences: Carl Whitaker; Virginia Satir; Michael White; Dr. Sue Johnson; Dr. Daniel Siegel; Louise Hay; Sharon Salzberg; Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn; Dr. Zindel Segal, Brene Brown; Marianne Williamson; Dr. Murray Bowen; Dr. Caroline Myss; Osho; Dr. Deepak Chopra; Dr. Milton Erickson; Thich Nhat Hanh
B.A. in Psychology, Texas A&M University
M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Woman's University
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Family Studies Center - Intern Family Therapist
-Provided counseling to couples, individuals, and families under MFT Supervision
Dallas Independent School District - Youth & Family Centers - Intern Family Therapist
-Provided counseling to children and families under LPC Supervision
-Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist License #202025
-200hr Yoga Instructor
Continuing Education/Professional Training:
(in addition to annual mandatory CE Hours for Professional Counseling Licensure)
-MBSR Training (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) -- The Vitalife Insight -- San Antonio, TX (2013)
-Deep Study & Yoga Teacher Training -- Urban Yoga -- Fort Worth, TX (2015)
-Certified Yoga for Tweens & Adolescents -- MiniYogis Yoga for Kids -- Los Angeles, CA (2016)
-Yin & Restorative Yoga Immersion Training -- Sacred Soul Yoga -- Hurst, TX (2017)
Professional Activities and Memberships:
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists www.aamft.org
Texas Association of Marriage & Family Therapists www.tamft.org
Fort Worth Association of Marriage & Family Therapists www.fwaamft.org
Former Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children www.casaforchildren.org
Certified Prepare-Enrich Relationship Assessment Facilitator www.prepare-enrich.com
Former Hero (Volunteer) for the Humane Society of North Texas www.hsntx.org