Acceptance. Compassion. A sense of belonging. Warmth. Connection with others. I believe that these are more than hopeful desires; I believe that they are innate human needs and that, when these needs are unmet, we are unable to develop a healthy sense of self. Who you really are becomes unrecognizable as you discard the pieces of you that have been rejected, ridiculed or even attacked. Maybe you’ve closed off the more vulnerable parts of yourself, making it difficult for you to experience true intimacy with another person, or conversely, you depend heavily on others to determine your happiness and self-worth. Perhaps past hurts and traumas have left you mistrustful of others and you view the world as a harsh and dangerous place. You may develop depression or anxiety or act out against others or yourself.
Whatever you are experiencing right now, please know that you are not alone. I know, from my own personal experience, that it is extremely difficult to reach out and ask for help. I also know that, if you are committed to the process, it is absolutely worth it.
My counseling philosophy is based on the belief that we all, ultimately, want/need to feel accepted for who we are in order to accept and integrate the various parts of ourselves. I draw from various therapy methods throughout the process, depending on the individual client’s needs and goals. It is my goal to provide a safe space, free of judgment or criticism, in which clients feel comfortable exposing and exploring their innermost thoughts and feelings. I view the counseling process as a collaborative effort between client and counselor and believe it is most successful when both parties are fully committed and engaged.
I graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. I have taught students of all ages, from preschool to high school. After several years teaching, I decided to pursue a longtime passion of mine and enrolled at Amberton University, where I received a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern under the supervision of Shahidrah Cowgill, M.A., LPC-S. I am also a Certified Family Trauma Professional, which focuses on treating trauma in children and families.
I am currently accepting clients, and I am available during the day, as well as some nights and weekends and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.
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