Practice Director, Therapist
I’m an islander in Texas with Welsh and English roots. I am happiest when I am hanging out with my daughter, husband and 3 dogs who are never disappointed to see me.
I am most passionate about creating safe and affirming environments where people can feel comfortable, feel heard and feel seen. This is essential for growth and change. I advocate for vulnerable and disenfranchised groups, including 2SLGBTQIA+ folks. When I am not doing that, I like to read, ride my bike, spend time in the theatre and hang out on the beach. I love music and the arts.
I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University. I have served as a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years. I am also licensed to supervise therapists as they begin their helping journeys. Clinical supervision and teaching are my favorite vocations. I have taught all kinds of subjects from Psychology classes at Junior College, “Lunch and Learns” at large corporations to spin classes at the gym! I have never learned more than when I am teaching.
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and more. I believe in a holistic approach. When we want to learn, grow or solve problems we must look at ourselves from all angles. We must consider the well- being of the mind, body and spirit.
I am an experienced mental health professional who has held leadership positions in Operations and Business Development in various behavioral healthcare settings, most recently as a Director at The Menninger Clinic.
Surviving Corporate Culture When You’re Not An Old White Man
If you’re working in a corporate or professional setting that tends to be dominated by white men, there are so many challenges you have to navigate. I can support you in kicking imposter syndrome to the curb, honing your negotiation skills, and resolving conflict in the workplace.
Stressed Out, Working Parents
Parenting these days is no joke! Whether you’re overwhelmed with the “under 5” years and trying to juggle everyone’s needs or trying to figure out what in the world is going on in adolescent universe these days, don’t try to do it alone! I will make you laugh which on some days is therapy in and of itself, but also be on your side as you strive to be the best parent you can be in the midst of these times.
Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
I can help you get a narcissist out of your life (and if that’s not possible learn strategies to minimize the damage). We’ll prioritize your healing, self discovery, and re-building your trust in yourself. And then we’ll work on how to not get involved with another narcissist! We all have core wounds. Some of those may make us susceptible, so let’s address them so you don’t find yourself in a repeat situation.
Open Relationships and Polyamory
I enjoy working with relationships and in particular, helping people who are considering opening their marriage or those who are in polycules and wanting to maintain and improve relationship dynamics. We’ll identify boundaries, communication styles, coping with the challenging aspects while appreciating the expansiveness, and more.
Placement Consultant (Some call it Educational Consultant) For Families of Teens
I work with families to find the best treatment or educational options for the young person in their life who is struggling and needs extra support, whether a higher level of care treatment plan or specialized educational setting or program. I have a lot of knowledge of programs around the country. You’re scared or frustrated and don’t know where to start but I can do a lot of the research for you, even coordinating an admission to a program. I want to help you avoid wasting your time and money or ending up with a placement that’s not a good fit. Let’s talk!