I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Engaging in the therapeutic process is a rewarding yet challenging experience. With my knowledge and experience from almost 20 years as a mental health professional, I focus on creating a safe space where authenticity and vulnerability can emerge. My clinical focus is on helping clients of all ages process unresolved experiences that create barriers in living an authentic and present life. Some of these barriers stem from early childhood experiences or difficult family situations, while others are a result of present-day pain. Gaining insight and clarity of these experiences helps individuals become better helpers, partners, and parents.
I am also passionate about giving leaders and helpers (i.e., counselors, physicians, attorneys) a safe and confidential space to be honest and process the unique challenges that being a leader and helper brings. My years of experience in leadership positions has helped me understand the difficulties leaders face. I work beyond words, utilizing expressive and embodied therapy approaches to integrate experiences and identify meaning and purpose.
I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of San Antonio (2002 and 2005, respectively) and my Doctorate in 2010 from St. Mary’s University. I am a published author in several journals, books, and magazines and a sought-after national speaker within the counseling profession. I have taught graduate-level courses and present nationally on trauma, grief, parenting, childhood issues, and women's issues, including infertility and loss, for the last ten years and recently transitioned out of full-time academic work to focus on my family and return to clinical practice in San Antonio.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and 6-year-old son traveling in our RV, hiking and exploring the natural world, and writing in my free time.