My Approach to Helping
I will meet you where you are in the midst of life's struggles and work with you to renew a sense of hope and healing in your life.
I provide a personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs. My aim is to help a person attain the personal growth he or she is striving for. In couples counseling, I provide a safe environment to improve communication skills, recover from an affair, and deal with other issues that are negatively impacting a relationship.
I am certified to utilize the "Prepare/Enrich" instrument for pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment.
More Info About My Practice
Evening and weekend appointments may be available. My office is conveniently located near the intersection of Highway 75 and Campbell Road in Richardson.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The following have been my areas of specialization: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, stage of life issues, dual diagnosis, marriage and family counseling, pre-marital counseling, addiction problems, recovery from abuse/trauma. I have enjoyed working with people dealing with these issues in my private practice, in counseling agencies, as a counselor at a drug/alcohol rehab, and as a bereavement coordinator at a hospice.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe the purpose of psychotherapy is often to foster personal growth and healing. With me, therapy will be collaborative and based on the goals and desires of the individual, couple, or family.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love inspiring hope and a sense of purpose in others. It is so enjoyable to see people grasp a more positive view of themselves. I also love working with couples through difficult issues in their relationships to help them rebuild trust, love, and affection.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to join with people on their journey toward growth and healing. Through being supportive while uncovering roots of problems in a person's (or couple's) life, I work with people to meet their goals and have a more fulfilling life.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
A sense of safety is primary. Sometimes that's harder than it sounds when working through issues of abuse and betrayal (in individual and couples therapy). I always work to place the well-being of my clients above all else. I am sensitive to ethnic and religious concerns and will seek to understand and assist you.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I think people need to be able to feel safe with their therapist. There can often be joyful experiences as well as frightening moments in therapy. A therapist and an environment that convey safety, trust, and authenticity are significant elements in the experience of therapy.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
The major influences on my work include the following theories: psychodynamic, existential, attachment, and family systems.