My Approach to Helping
Do you feel depressed or anxious? Want relief?
Do you have a relationship that is in distress & you want to get it back on track?
Do you want to feel happier & more passionate about your life?
Want to stop procrastinating? The type of therapy I do helps you to achieve these types of results because it is focused upon helping you to slow down and really take a look at your ideas. Through honest and gentle questioning, I'm going to teach you to think through things in a different way that empowers and enlivens you.
More Info About My Practice
I've been in practice for 18 years. I am happy to discuss fees, types of services, and treatment philosophies in more detail with you in person if you'd like to arrange a 15 minute no cost consultation at my office.
You can also get to know me by attending any of my meetup groups: Dallas Club Fearless Meetup, The Dallas REBT-CBT Meetup, and The Dallas Women's Workshops meetup.
I provide my patients an in insurance receipt that has what they need to file for out-of-network benefits (assuming their insurance covers outpatient mental health). Fees vary based upon the service rendered.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Because this is a confidential relationship, you can come and be yourself. You don't have to worry about being judged for who you are and you can work on the things that are troubling you. You can discuss it, sort it out, and get another perspective. It is a great way to get to know yourself, to heal your past, and to move into what you want to create in the future.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is to provide you with a thinking environment that gently but effectively challenges your limited ideas about yourself, allowing you to free yourself and reach the life goals you desire.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love it when you let go of being so hard on yourself. I love when you realize how wonderful you are. I love it when you take a risk, and I love it when you grow into the larger YOU you've been becoming. I love it when you're excited because you see yourself achieving results when you've formerly been stuck. I love when you send me an email telling me it was totally worth it to do this. I love when you appreciate yourself for taking charge of your life and going for it!
My Role as a Therapist
This is a co-created relationship. That being said, I'll say that over time, I've learned that you're paying me to be a skilled and honest listener, coach, and teacher. You're paying me to be more perceptive than you are about your blind spots, but to tell you the truth gently. You're paying me to be your safe place, the person who "gets it", your confidant, and to be on your side (even though sometimes this means challenging your ideas that aren't working for you).
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
During our first session, I'll usually need to know information about your current challenges, the history behind them, and what is currently getting in the way. I prefer to perform a clinical diagnostic interview during our initial time together so that I can appreciate your history & how it plays into your present life. I will also want to know what you want to get out of therapy & we will work on setting clear goals.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I've had clients pick me because they like my voice, and others pick me because they like my degrees & know I've been trained by the best people. But, the main thing is to do some research, ask the questions that matter to you, and check in with yourself. You know more than you think & can pick up information just in reading these pages--information that goes beyond the words. Trust yourself.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I've been so incredibly fortunate to learn directly from the best people in my fields of study. These include: the founder of REBT (voted to be the most influential psychologist of the century) Dr. Albert Ellis; the founder of CBM, Dr. Don Meichenbaum; the founders of CBT Drs. Judith & Aaron Beck. In the personal development world, I've trained under bestselling author of the Success Principles, Jack Canfield & continue to train under him. I also receive my own coaching from bestselling author of 101 Ways to Motivate Yourself, author Steve Chandler. I'm also influenced by other authors I read, such as Byron Katie and Hale Dwoskin.