I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, which means I have completed a Master’s Degree program in Counseling, taken a state licensing exam and completed over 3,000 hours of supervised experience before obtaining my state license to practice therapy.
Before becoming an LPC, I worked as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in the public schools.
Master of Arts in Counseling
St. Edward’s University, 2006
Bachelor of Science in Education
Special Education Certificate
University of Texas at Austin, 1986
Somatic Experiencing Training
Intermediate Level Completed
We enter this life with an inner knowing that works like a compass we can rely on for making healthy choices needed for positive growth. That inner knowing never goes away, it just gets buried and seemingly out of reach because of the circumstances we are born into and the experiences we accumulate during our lifetime.
Just as our body innately knows how to heal itself when we fall down and skin our knee, our inner self is also innately programmed to move towards healing. But often times carrying around painful experiences for many years weighs us down and inhibits our growth and gets us stuck in undesirable repeated patterns and behaviors. When we question why we repeatedly find ourselves in the same type of unhealthy relationships or situations, it is time to take a look inside and discover the ways to break the old patterns that no longer serve us.
Therapy gives us the opportunity to get in touch with that part of ourselves in a safe and supported environment where we will not be judged or criticized for our thoughts or feelings. Instead of being told “what is best for you”, your therapist becomes your ally in helping you discover your own unique strengths, where you will learn to build resilience and gain confidence to move forward on your life’s journey.
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all … “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night…Pick them up tomorrow.
– Author unknown