My Approach to Helping
We all have times when we get "stuck" for one reason or another on our path to success, whether the challenge is emotional, relational, or circumstantial, and these are the times when counseling can be especially helpful. Oftentimes, learning new communication strategies, coping skills, and perspective can go a long way toward improving relationships and quality of life. My mission is to provide a welcoming and nonjudgmental space where people can realize their potential for success, and to provide them with the tools they need to get "unstuck."
I have several years of experience as a licensed counselor and I specialize in working with people with anxiety, depression, and ADHD. My primary population is adolescents, college-age students, and young adults.
More Info About My Practice
Avant Garde Counseling and Coaching Center has two locations: northeast Houston and Southlake (Dallas-Fort Worth area). We provide counseling as well as ADHD coaching services, both in-person and online.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe that people are experts on themselves. Yet, life is complicated, and challenges happen. The purpose of psychotherapy is to help a person work through challenges that are difficult to navigate independently by offering an outside perspective, by teaching strategies when appropriate, and by helping a person discover the strength they have within themselves. Counseling can help a person gain clarity on goals, gain healing from adverse experiences, and gain skills that they can use to move themselves closer to the life they want for themselves.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
When I work with clients, I find it is much more helpful to focus and build upon their strengths than to focus on a potential disorder. Sure, a "disorder" is a label that can sometimes help a person understand a specific challenge that they face, but it by no means explains or defines the fullness of a person. I aim to work with the whole person - to know what motivates them, what they aspire to, and what they want more or less of in their lives. When relevant, of course we will discuss patterns of behavior or symptoms that could be part of a disorder, but our focus will be on how these symptoms affect your life and how you may overcome them, rather than a focus on the disorder itself.