When dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety, changes in self-esteem, shifting roles in a family recovering from divorce or the death of a parent, help from an outside source may often be needed. As someone who is new to your family’s unique structure, I approach the conversation with understanding, listening with vivid recollection of the trials of growing up, an appreciation for challenges of our current times and the ability to identify and acknowledge when “normal” developmental landmarks have become anything but normal within your family’s unique structure. I make every effort to be a trusted and equitable ear to listen and exchange ideas about what to do next.
Working from a background in family therapy, I strive to incorporate as many parts of the family as possible. I believe we are, among a myriad of factors, a product of relationships and the interactions we have with those around us. When we are suddenly stopped in our tracks by an issue that appears insurmountable, it can be a common reaction to attribute this to personal deficits or failures and next, to close one’s self off from the outside world.
However, along with other interventions, connection can be an important tool in dealing with many issues. Where is connection missing or damaged in your life and where could it be developed or rebuilt? How could reconnecting with your self and to those around you strengthen you to move beyond what once seemed overwhelming and unbeatable?
Let’s work together to have a conversation that fortifies the connections around you and within you. Let’s develop your personal strengths for overcoming any obstacles which life may bring. I have experience working with youth and families, couples and individuals. Together, we have used both Narrative and Solution Focused approaches to create new ideas and practices for dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, developmental changes, immediate and delayed effects of trauma, and grief. I am a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, a long time Texas resident, but recent newcomer to League City, where I live with my own blended family of six and our dog, Poppy.
My Credentials & Training
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate;
Our Lady of the Lake University, MS, Psychology
Areas of Professional Development
Working with Families with members with an Autism or I/DD diagnosis
Strategies for Including Little Ones and Teens in Family Counseling
Crisis Intervention: Good Grief
Ethical Dilemmas and Decision-Making in Youth Work
The Effects of Trauma
Systemic Sex Therapy