My Approach to Helping
It takes courage to decide to come to therapy. If you have decided to take that step it is likely because you have been suffering in some way. I will work with you to gain an understanding of your struggles and how they came to be in your life. There can be much healing in the courageous act of bringing your difficulties to the light and allowing another person to walk through them with you. I will work closely with you to understand the root causes of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc. that are contributing to an unfulfilling, and often times, miserable life. We will then work closely together to develop strategies to help you make changes and show up in your life as your best self.
Therapy is a collaborative experience and it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. I can provide you with a free 15-minute phone or in-person consultation in which you can get to know me a little bit. Please feel free to ask any questions that you have about therapy or about me. Your questions will be answered fully so that you will feel comfortable with me before scheduling your first appointment.
I work with adults and couples in the Katy, Cinco Ranch, and Fulshear area. Prior to private practice, I worked at the Menninger Clinic, a long-term inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have experience helping my clients face challenges related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, low self-esteem, struggles in parenting, trauma, and relationship issues. Everyone deserves to gain the benefits offered by therapy, and I enjoy seeing people from all different religions, faiths, races, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located between Cinco Ranch and Cross Creek Ranch in Katy, TX. It is easily accessible from Highway 99 and from FM 1463. I share a waiting room with three other clinicians, so the space is very quiet and private. It is located in a one story building in an office park just behind First Cup Cafe off of S Fry and FM 1463. There is ample parking just outside the office door. Office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 am to 3 pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm. I do not work on Wednesdays.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I sincerely love what I do. Friends and acquaintances often tell me that they think it would be hard to have my job and to have to sit all day and listen to people talk about their struggles. It is not hard. For me, it is an honor to have my clients share their stories with me. Life is hard! It is hard for everyone. I enjoy talking to people about the real nitty gritty elements of their lives. I admire them for having the courage to share their struggles with me, and it is a joy to watch them start to feel better and to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
My clients often tell me that they feel like coming to therapy means that they are a failure. It means that they were unable to "handle" their problems on their own. I don't see it that way. As humans, I think we are hard wired for connection. We are social beings. As a species, we wouldn't survive without the care and support of others. Babies come into the world needing human connection in order to live. As we grow older, I think the same remains true.
BrenÚ Brown is researcher who I deeply admire. She has spent her career researching vulnerability and shame. In her research, she has found that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather that it is truth and courage. In her book Daring Greatly, she says, "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path." Coming to therapy is a courageous step. By being vulnerable with a therapist and sharing your struggles, you are reaching out for connection in order to help you grow and to feel more fulfilled in your life. That is not weakness. I see it as a strength.