As a Licensed Professional Counselor and LPC Supervisor, I provide psychotherapy and consultation services for children, teens, adults and families in private practice from the Katy, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Richmond/Rosenberg, Sealy, and other West Houston suburban areas. My goal as a therapist is to help clients remove barriers that are keeping them from being the well-balanced, happy, and productive individuals they were meant to be, and to help them experience the satisfaction of knowing that they do have choices and control over their lives and well-being.
I have over 25 years of public school experience, providing teaching, coaching and counseling services to students and consultation support for parents, which puts me at a unique advantage for helping students and assisting parents to get the help and support their children and teens need. I have extensive knowledge of the developmental needs of students at all ages, and particularly for students with disabilities and those with emotional and behavioral challenges. As needed, I can assist parents with the procedures and actions required to access Section 504 and Special Education (IDEA) services for their student(s) in school. I also consult with eligible graduating high school students about their ADA/Section 504 rights in higher education institutions and how to access their accommodations, as they transition from high school to college or other formal educational venues.
I served many years on Crisis Intervention Teams in several public school settings and developed intervention procedures and training for district Administrators and support staff. I worked collaboratively with district and campus Administrators, support staff, and teachers to effect a safe and supportive enviornment to assist those impacted by traumatic events. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I have had significant training and experience in working with suicide intervention and prevention, trauma, crisis response, and "at risk" populations. I am currently pursuing EMDR Certification through EMDRIA, an International Association for EMDR therapy professionals.
In my practice, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Client-Centered, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, and other approaches, as appropriate. I provide therapeutic support and meaningful feedback to help clients effectively process personal life changes and challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client and their needs. I have also been trained as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator for couples and have completed the EFT Externship for couples therapy.
To add to my professional and community experience, I have presented at several state conferences, school district staff, and general audiences on topics such as Behavior Management, Intervention Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD and Implications for Classroom Management, Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Section 504/ADA Accommodations in Public Schools, Crisis Intervention In Communities & Schools, Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Working with "At Risk" Student Populations, and RtI and the Student-Centered Referral Process.
As an ardent supporter of mental health wellness and mental health advocacy, I served on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County (MHA-FBC) for six years and on the MHA-FBC Advisory Board. I currently serve on the Texana Community Advisory Board and have provided consultation services for Hope For Three, a non-profit organization benefiting parents and their children with Autism.
B.S. Degree - Elementary Education/Special Education, University of Oklahoma
M.Ed. Degree - Guidance & Counseling; Educational/Counseling Psychology, University of Houston, Main Campus
License, Certifications & Awards:
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (TBEPC-TDH)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Certified Professional School Counselor; Administrator/Supervisor (SBEC-TEA)
Certified Special Education Teacher (LD/ID/ED) K-12 (SBEC-TEA)
Certified Special Education Counselor & Vocational Counselor (SBEC-TEA)
2013 Board Director of the Year - Mental Health America of Fort Bend County
Crisis Intervention Training (NOVA & PREPaRE Emergency Response Models)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Prepare/Enrich Couples Facilitator Training
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (EFT)
Professional Activities and Memberships:
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Texas Counseling Association (TCA)
Texas Mental Health Counselors Association (TMHCA)
Mental Health America of Fort Bend County (MHAFBC); Director 6 years (BOD)
MHAFBC Executive Board 2 years; MHAFBC Development Chair
Texana Community Advisory Board
Friends of Fort Bend Cares
Fort Bend Junior Service League
Houston Lifestock Show & Rodeo, Lifetime Member
HLS&R - WCBBQ Committee, Committeeman