Every person has worth, potential, and is a product of their unique development and his or her experiences. I place a high value on relationships, mostly because I believe that relationships, more than anything, are the most lasting and precious things we have as human beings. Our relationships have lasting impressions on our life, but the relationship you have with yourself is the most important one of all. When given the opportunity and space, we often find solutions to our problems within ourselves; I see therapy as a way to connect with yourself in an honest and caring way, as a means to realizing your worth and personal potential.
I primarily work out of a cognitive-behavioral viewpoint. What this means is that we do a lot of focusing on your thinking and belief sets, and how this could be affecting your emotions and behaviors or influencing your current issues. However, I openly use techniques and interventions from other theoretical backgrounds in order address the client’s needs.
As a teenager and young adult I struggled with major depression for several years and found hope and ways to cope with my depression through counseling. I have found counseling and helping others through their times of struggle to be my calling.
I earned my internship hours at a psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital and at the Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic at Texas Woman’s University. I have worked with clients at all levels of care and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults on matters ranging from depression and anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, and transgender issues.
One of my passions is to work with Veterans, Service Members, and their families. I volunteer with the Denton chapter of the Military Veteran Peer Network, part of the Texas Veterans Coalition, a 501(3)c organization dedicated to creating state-wide mental health initiatives and bringing community resources, local businesses, and people together in order to support our Veterans, Active Duty SM, and their families. It is my goal to see that these men and women are receiving the mental health support they need, as they and their families have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas Woman’s University and my Masters of Family Studies with a focus in Community and Development at Texas Woman’s University. The graduate program at Texas Woman’s University is one of the few accredited programs in the state of Texas. My education at TWU gave me the opportunity to work and learn with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.
I am currently an LPC-Intern, or a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Shahidrah Cowgill, owner of Fundamental Foundations Counseling Services, PLLC.