I earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Development from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. I hold a Licensed Professional Counselor license from the Texas State Board of Examiners and Professional Counselors.
Counselors follow a guiding principle or theory. The theory chosen represents an understanding of why and how people react in life circumstances. I follow the guiding principles of Adlerian theory and Cognitive Behavioral Theory. I believe that our personalities are influenced and shaped by our families of origin. Our reactions to the circumstances of life are often learned behaviors that can be traced back to significant loved ones from our younger years. You only have to see my children together to believe this to be true. For years they have made the same facial expressions, laughed at the same jokes and completed each other's sentences. I'm really enjoying seeing the similarities in my granddaughters. This is not to say, we can't change. By recognizing our feelings and thought patterns we are able to manage our feelings and learn to respond instead of react.
My aim in therapy is to provide a safe environment in which my clients are able to explore challenges they are currently facing. As individuals we often look to family and friends for support and understanding. Many times we are left feeling conflicted over our shared confidences. Having someone to truly listen to us who is not emotionally vested in our lives gives each of us an opportunity to learn and grow from all the experiences our life has to offer us.