“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
This quote beautifully reflects a time in my childhood and adolescence that was pivotal to becoming the therapist that I am today.
Born and raised in Texas, my life as a child at times felt like a fairy tale. There was magic, love, and wonder for many years. But like all fairy tales, my family and I were not immune to suffering. We experienced a massive loss and became consumed by fear and grief, which put into motion my path to becoming a therapist for children and teenagers during their most challenging times.
When this tragedy struck my family, I at first did not have the right support. Unable to express my grief and feelings about the traumatic event, I, like many children and teens, began acting out in ways that fulfilled some of my needs, but ultimately hurt me. When I was 15, my family and I realized something desperately needed to change. Thus marked the beginning of my own journey to healing, connection, love, belonging, and well-being.
After years of therapy and self-exploration I learned that life wasn’t only about surviving…it was about thriving and living to the fullest. I learned that by taking the path less traveled, a new world of experiences, healing, and growth opened up to me. I found a world of knowledge and wisdom I would have never otherwise known.
Having gone through my own darkness during adolescence and finding my way back to the light, I realized that my passion and purpose is to provide a space where young people can explore their inner world and express their experience so that they don’t have to suffer unnecessarily through life’s inevitable challenges. When children and teens come to my office, I want to help them feel safe, connected, and whole.
I have a Master’s Degree of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. I have worked extensively in judicial, day treatment, and residential settings to help children and adolescents identify and express their feelings, change self-destructive behavior, learn to self-regulate, and achieve their goals.
My style as a therapist is collaborative, fluid, and dynamic. Though trained in mindfulness-based methods, I work from a trauma-informed, neurobiological and holistic perspective and apply a comprehensive accumulation of modalities including play, yoga, somatic, cognitive-behavioral, Positive psychology, and existential approaches to psychotherapy.
I love what I do and feel blessed to be able to engage in such work. I honor each individual child that I work with and strive to help them see how awesome they truly are.
I’m dedicated to encouraging and promoting your child’s emotional and mental well-being by helping them cultivate greater self-awareness, acceptance, and authentic expression. While I deeply believe in harnessing the transformative powers of these characteristics, I also recognize the importance of teaching children and teens practical skills and coping tools to regulate through difficult moments and thrive in all areas of their life.
I consider my authenticity and ownership of my story as a crucial part of the foundation for the therapeutic relationship. Although I don’t typically share my own story during sessions, I want my clients to see and learn that it is OK and safe to be who they are – that their stories are sacred and their feelings and experiences matter.
There is always room to grow and change. But sometimes we have to let go of the stories and behaviors that don’t work in order to see how beautiful we really are.