My Approach to Helping
As a licensed therapist in Austin, I have been serving the Austin area for 12 years. I received a BA in Psychology from Baylor University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas. I received my Master's in Counseling in 2005 from St. Edwards University. I have worked, as a therapist, with a diverse population.
Since starting as a therapist I have learned that so much of our society is dealing with grief and loss. Grief can be in regard to a lost job, losing a child, ending a relationship or changing homes. This grief can also be connected to trauma, early trauma, or recent trauma. When you have experienced a trauma or loss it is key to take the time to heal. I have seen individuals stuck at a point in their life and unable to move forward due to grief and trauma. I have training in EMDR which is the number one therapy for trauma. EMDR gets more results with healing trauma than any other therapy option.
I also work with children and families that are struggling with ADHD. Children with ADHD often do not naturally have coping skills or much self-awareness. The impulsivity that is common to ADHD can create a home, school or social environment to become chaotic. The ADHD does not only affect the child but the whole family. It is so important to teach ADHD children how to calm themselves, become self-aware, and identify his/her feelings.
Parents of ADHD children also need support. As a parent, you are often trying to find solutions to issues that don't totally make sense (i.e. getting your child to mind, focus, be organized). Like any parent you want to have an organized, functioning home that moves smoothly day to day. Identifying these needs and learning skills for life are so important.
Many children with ADHD have co-occurring mental health issues (meaning more than one mental health diagnosis). Anxiety, Depression, and Anger can go hand in hand with ADHD. These feelings can make an already difficult existence fall toward impossible. It is vital to learn how being angry is OK. What is essential with Anger is learning how to survive it in a healthy way. Also when you feel anxious or depressed there are ways you can pull on to help you.
I am also a licensed supervisor for LPC-i. I have been supervising for four years now. I definitely enjoy engaging with individuals who are working on their full licensure. Interns, I feel, have so much to give. When working with interns, as a supervisor, you find that the intern has so much to give back to you. I have found that interns, through the learning process, can bring in a skill set and perspective that renews the supervisors own skill set and perspective.