My Approach to Helping
I have many years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, crisis intervention, relationship issues, young adult and women’s issues; stress management, life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, bipolar disorders, coping skills, domestic violence and sexual assault, couples and marital issues, and family conflict, and military family issues.
I utilize systems theory, a strengths perspective, and an integrative counseling approach that works with a combination of intervention strategies, including CBT, solution-focused therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and DBT skills to facilitate growth and healing.
As a therapist, I provide unconditional acceptance, encouragement, support, and empathetic understanding to my clients. In session, I work with clients to identify, understand, and accept unhealthy negative thoughts, beliefs, habitual patterns, and behaviors from past and current relational experiences that create emotional distress, leading to self-defeating actions that interfere with successful personal and professional relationships. My experience includes training in individual, family, and couples therapy from years of service at an inpatient behavioral health clinic and at an outpatient private counseling agency. I provided therapy to individuals experiencing a variety of acute emotional and behavioral disturbances, including suicidal ideation, self-harming issues, trauma from abuse, sexual assault, and other extreme stressors. I also have extensive experience with adults, especially young adults with college age issues and life transitions; and I am especially interested in women’s issues and the ways that mental health issues impact women and their families. As the spouse of a retired military Veteran for over 25 years, I also have insight into the unique experiences of military couples and families. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in various positions in Texas, alongside my work for the past fifteen years as an adjunct professor at San Antonio College. I have received training in a variety of community, hospital, secular, and non-secular settings in order to help my clients process, heal, and recover from the multitude of impactful environmental, relational, and personal life experiences and stressors.