M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton
B.S. in Speech Communications from the University of Texas in Austin
Teaching Certifications for Deaf Education and General Education, grades 1-8
Professional license held in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Approved by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as an Approved Supervisor
2017 to Present: Logos Services, LLC, Therapist
2012 to present: LPC-Supervisor for LPC-Interns
1998 to 2017: Grand Prarie ISD, Elementary School Counselor
1994 to 1997: Frankfurt International School, Germany, Middle School Counselor
1987 to 1993: Grand Prarie ISD, Elementary School Counselor
prior to 1987: Teacher-elementary and secondary/gen ed and special ed in Texas, Oklahoma and Washington
It takes courage to really know ourselves. And, it takes faith and patience and determination to makes changes in our lives when we have met with a setback or a difficult situation. Whether a setback or situation is short term or has been going on for a while doesn’t matter as much as just having a willingness to take on a journey of change. If, as a therapist, I can help someone on their journey by offering them hope, guidance and an unconditional acceptance, then I am doing what I am meant to do.
From prior experience as a school counselor, I worked with many children, as well as with their families and teachers. Sometimes someone is just having a hard day and needs a little encouragement, but there are many issues that children and adolescents are dealing with on a regular basis—things like stress, anxiety, grief, loss, divorce, lack of beneficial communication skills, academic struggles, fitting in, relationships, and self-regulation (behavioral and emotional). Just because adults are grown-up doesn’t mean these issues all go away. Adults deal with many of these, too.
There are many strategies and techniques available to help people on their therapeutic journey. The techniques I use most often are Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Play Therapy involves techniques used mostly with younger children and uses play to communicate and work through the therapeutic process. Cognitive Behavior Therapy focuses on developing personal coping strategies by looking into a person’s thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Solution Focused Brief Therapy uses a very goal-oriented approach, using very specific questions to develop an effective solution and focuses more on the here and now.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, both near and far! I love being “in nature”, love reading, love music and especially love life’s extra bonus called “grandchildren”!!
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