I believe that people can achieve real, lasting change in their lives and that we are all made in the image of God. Because of that, I understand that brokenness and pain are not the truest part of any human being. I enjoy celebrating with my clients as they begin see their own value more clearly. It is a privilege to watch my clients become more and more released into the person they were created to be.
I see counseling as a committed and dynamic process. I believe it takes courage to actively engage in therapy and I tailor each session to fit the needs of my clients. I value the opportunity to see the beauty in people while they share their pain and difficulties. I consider it a gift to watch my clients experience the freedom that grace brings.
I specialize in working with anxiety, panic, phobias, perfectionism, obsessive compulsive thoughts and behaviors and body focused repetitive behaviors. I take a structured approach to anxiety, especially panic, phobias, and obsessive compulsive struggles. I have specialized training in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) to treat obsessive compulsive concerns through the International OCD Foundation. I have also completed training through The TLC Foundation for BFRBs in Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB) for treating hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting/picking and other BFRBs. I seek to help empower my clients to live their life according to their values instead of their fears. Instead of just talking about fears and avoidance, I work with my clients to face and conquer the anxieties and phobias that restrict their lives.
I am equipped to address depression, grief, loss, relationship difficulties and spiritual issues. I focus on helping my clients learn to treat themselves with respect, compassion, and tenderness. I assist my clients in managing emotions effectively, developing communication and assertiveness skills, and transforming unhelpful thoughts.
I also have specialized training in trauma, working with clients who have experienced abuse, neglect, motor vehicle accidents, violent losses, and other concerns. I am trained to provide two neurologically based therapies for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI). I have seen these to be helpful in decreasing and resolving the effects of traumatic experiences.
Through combining my two primary areas of special training and clinical focus, I am able to work with those experiencing infertility and reproductive trauma. I help spouses both individually and as a couple process the paralyzing fear and grief associated with conception issues, pregnancy loss and stillbirth. I give my clients a safe, validating environment to share their story that is so often minimized and misunderstood by others. Together we acknowledge the gravity of their experiences, process the trauma they have sustained and find ways to restore a sense of power and belonging.
In my work with couples, I take a sensitive but practical approach, equipping each couple with the tools needed to mend and strengthen their relationship. I believe in the importance of true partnership and mutuality in marriage, with both spouses having their voices equally heard and their opinions equally weighed. I focus on healthy communication and changing attitudes about marriage and each other to assist my clients in finding each other emotionally and developing lasting intimacy. I am trained in Gottman Method for couples and I combine that with an Emotion Focused (EFT) approach.
I hold a masters degree in counseling psychology from Trinity Western University and completed my undergraduate work in both psychology and religious studies. I am a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
Though born and raised in the Houston area, I have lived in England and Canada. I enjoy reading, photography, and learning new things. I live with my husband, two children, and dog.