I’m a Houston area native and was Salutatorian of Magnolia HS 2006. I graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009 with an emphasis on Women & Gender Studies. In 2014, I received my M.Ed. in Counseling from University of Houston. I also completed Core Clinical Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through TIC that year. I completed my practicum and internship requirements at the DBT Center of Houston from 2013 to 2016. This intensive outpatient environment allowed me to gain clinical experience applying DBT to a varied and diverse population of clients. It also offered me the opportunity to co-facilitate then teach thousands of hours of DBT Skills and attend hundreds of hours of DBT supervision and consultation.
As I have grown in my own personal journey, I no longer feel the mental health model is the most efficient path to healing. Though I maintain my licensure, I now practice as a mental wellness & trauma coach – specifically focusing on working with those who are most disillusioned with the current system.
Many of my clients have participated in various forms of therapy before, but have found they never really got the end results they had hoped. They often have high level of insight, but find themselves stuck in loops that perpetuate the life they already have. They are looking for something different, particularly in the relationship they want to have with the person they are working with. I find this especially true with millenials as they tend to be most unsatisfied with the clinical detachment of the traditional therapist/patient relationship.
As do I!! Which is the main reason I made the transition from clinician to coach!!
The coaching approach allows me to come in as an accountability partner, while the skills provide them with a toolkit they can rely on for the rest of their lives.
I maintain a deliberately small caseload, which allows for me to be regularly available for realtime coaching for my clients. Applying the concepts of DBT outside of our time together, is where you have the ability to make the most dramatic changes to your life. Realtime coaching is added into the value of services and is useful to almost all clients.
When it comes to how I practice, I know my unique gift is my ability to connect with my clients and to create an environment where anyone can feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable. I find the clients that I have most success with are those who have a history of multiple therapies/therapists without ever really finding the right fit. My presence and authenticity create a safe space for my clients to just be during their sessions. I also have a special passion for working with millennials, as I believe the uniqueness of our generational experience has influenced our collective psyche in a way that can only truly be understood from an insider’s perspective.
For info about working with me
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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss
Let’s build something together.
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While this blog will often discuss topics of mental health & my opinions are informed by my training in the field, information found in these posts is solely educational in nature. My belief is that you are an informed consumer and you are the only expert that resides within your body. Thus I truly believe you are most suited to make decisions about your life and your mental wellbeing. That being said, I am legally obligated to tell you “do not make changes to medication or treatment plans without consulting with your prescribing physician.”
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