My Approach to Helping
The process of seeking out and selecting a counselor (particularly when you are doing so for the first time) can be a daunting task. Perhaps you are here because you have exhausted all other avenues for managing your personal problems. Maybe your relationship is in trouble or you are growing weary of having the same argument over and over again. It could be that you are the parent of a teenager who is isolating or having an extremely difficult time at home or school. Perhaps the pressures of suppressing some aspect of your sexuality or gender identity have become unbearable. If any of these statements rings true for you, you have come to the right place! I am diligent to ensure that my work takes place within an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed therapeutic context.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice serving the Humble, North Houston Atascocita, and Kingwood, TX areas. I specialize in helping adults, teens and couples identify and process difficult experiences and emotions they encounter in their private lives so that they may be able to manifest positive sustainable changes that fit their needs. I support clients by helping them to create new meaning to past experiences, while honing their skills for managing ongoing life stressors. I work diligently to create a safe space where you may open up about the challenges that stand in the way of you thriving in your relationship and your life. I look forward to hearing from you!
More Info About My Practice
Appointments times are offered Monday through Thursday and alternating Fridays. The office is closed on the weekends. Flexible appointment times can be arranged in the evenings as they are available.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
It is 100% normal to feel hesitant about making that initial call to start therapy. Many people feel nervous, self-conscious, or downright ashamed about "what it means to need therapy." Many of us grew up hearing and believing that therapy was for 'other' people and the need for therapy means that you are beyond help. This statement is one of the greatest myths of therapy. Simply put, therapy is a tool. It is one of many tools designed to aid a person in navigating everyday challenges in life. Many people who choose to attend therapy find that they take away some valuable self-discoveries, while others leave feeling more confident about how in interact in their relationships with others. All in all, therapy is not a 'one-size-fits-all', and I work hard to tailor my approach to fit your specific needs as they arise during our time together.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Not every therapist-client arrangement is a good fit. Perhaps there was a time when you needed a particular type of therapy approach that a previous therapist was unable to provide. Maybe you didn't feel a connection. It could be that the scheduling logistics made it difficult to meet regularly. In our time together, I will be curious about this experience and how that may have impacted your view and overall attitude about therapy. I will ask you about your preferences and how much you would like to focus on various problem areas in your life. I will ask about any expectations for therapy outcomes and share more with you about how I view and work within the process of therapy. There are few places in the world a person can go and depend upon a consistently safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental space to sort their innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It is with this notion in mind that I strive to provide my clients with an unforgettable encounter where they feel held from the world to recover from their symptoms and discover their inner greatness. This begins with me being curious about your experiences and listening to your story.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Some people come to therapy with the intention to work through a specific problem affecting the present. Others come to work through long-standing issues stemming from earlier life experiences. There are different kinds of therapy best tailored for specific kinds of issues, however, most people find that therapy is most effective when they receive it regularly. In my practice, most clients begin attending therapy once per week. When they begin to feel better in managing their most challenging problems, they sometimes decide to come in once every two weeks. The first session of therapy is one hour long, and subsequent sessions are 45-50 minutes. In our time together, we can discuss this further and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the therapy process.