My Approach to Helping
I have many years of experience working with clients on a variety of issues. I specialize in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, young adult and women’s issues; stress management, life transitions, crisis intervention, suicidal ideation, self-esteem issues, bipolar disorders, domestic abuse, coping skills, parenting, family conflict, and military family issues. I utilize systems theory, the strengths perspective, and an integrative counseling approach, and work with a combination of intervention strategies, including CBT, CPT, 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 the client. In session, I work with the client to identify and accept unhealthy thoughts, beliefs, habitual patterns, and behaviors that create emotional distress, leading to self-defeating actions and behaviors that interfere with successful personal and professional relationships. Together we focus on recognizing, healing, and accepting the client’s thoughts, feelings, unresolved pain from past and current relational experiences.
I am trained in individual, family, and group therapy from years of providing therapy 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 and families in various positions in San Antonio, alongside my work for the past ten 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.