My Approach to Helping
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, and I specialize in providing individual, couples, and mental health support group services with specific specializations in anxiety, PTSD, CBT, mindfulness, biofeedback and neurofeedback, mental health evaluations, substance use, and family or romantic relationships. I offer both one-off evaluations (for letter writing or other requests) as well as continuous treatment through counseling.
For a little about me, I am a United States Marine Corps veteran of a foreign war (specifically Operation Iraqi Freedom). I have studied mental health and psychology since 2009. Throughout my academic career, I have earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio (with Honors and a Minor in Business Administration) and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from University of Central Florida. I have gained experience with most forms of mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in inpatient, outpatient, and highly specialized settings (like neuropsychological assessment, neurotherapy, biofeedback, career counseling, social work, and high-performance training).
For a little about my approach to therapy, I tend towards the Boulder Model (a scientist-practitioner). I prefer empirically-based interventions which are client-centered, solution-focused, and based in psychology and neurology. What this means for you is that I balance the art and science of psychotherapy to meet you where you are, to work with your brain and functioning, and create personalized interventions based upon your desires, wants, and needs as a holistic person. I pull from many styles and interventions, and I prefer those based in neurology or neuropsychology, to help my clients improve their brain-body connection. I always prefer to work with my clients and work with the brain rather than against them!
For a little about my style in session, I am open, straightforward, and honest. I define myself by the USMC values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I prefer to act as a mentor, guide, teacher, or instructor to my clients. I bring myself and my history into session, to help foster courage and hope. This also helps me be a “normal person” rather than “a guy in a button up and jacket.” I have lived a difficult and diverse life, I have been to war, I have had to face many dangers to my life and livelihood, and I have suffered many tragedies. I have survived all of these through my own personal understanding of coping, physical, mental, spiritual, and brain health. I hope to share this understanding, knowledge, and wisdom with you to help you help, heal, or improve yourself!
For a little about my ideal client, I have been successful in the past with all manner of clients through many different settings – male, female, transgender, heterosexual, LGBTQ+, in inpatient, outpatient, technician, assessment, or even consulting settings. I also really enjoy working with teens and adolescents, since early brain-based interventions help everyone succeed even more in their lifetime. I find that my personality and style seem to fit best with clients who feel they are trapped in a negative routine, have no one with which to talk, or no way out of the situation from which they suffer. I have been in many hard places in my life, and my experience seems to help my clients excel through the school of hard knocks. Due to my background and directness, I tend to be more successful with male clients who are veterans or work in emergency or healthcare services (police, firefighters, EMS, nursing, etc).
Please reach out with any questions! Thank you so much for your interest in myself and my private practice!