I have been a practicing psychotherapist in Austin, Texas since 1997. My therapy approach is collaborative, insight-oriented, and rooted in the belief that every person has an innate desire and capacity for healing and growth.
I tailor my treatment to your concerns and goals, drawing from a variety of theoretical approaches including insight-oriented therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic-oriented therapy, systems theory, Gestalt, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
I believe in the power of therapy and groups to enrich life and deepen relationships. I also believe in the importance of investing in my own growth and life-long education, and am proud to say I’ve been a member of both a psychotherapy group and two professional development groups, each for for over a decade.
My specialties include:
- Relationship concerns
- Anxiety and worry
- Traumatic experiences
- Loneliness and isolation
- Low self-worth
- Addictive behavior
- Career concerns
- Grief and loss
- Religious trauma
- Work/Life Success
Training and Qualifications
- Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas
- Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), National Registry of Group Psychotherapists
- PhD in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, 1996
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, 1993
- B.A. in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 1987
- Founder and CEO of Life Balance, Inc., a coaching organization, 1999-2003.
- Speaker and trainer, locally and nationally, on religious trauma
- Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association
- Member and former board member of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Association
- Member of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Member of the American Psychological Association
- Member of two ongoing training groups in Modern Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Object Relationships Therapy
- Former board member of Wonders and Worries, non-profit
- Volunteer and team co-captain, Mobile Loaves and Fishes
My Philosophy on Change
I believe people can change. I have seen it first hand in my practice for many years. The past continues to affect the present until we slow down, understand where we’ve come from and try new things. Then the past can blend into the background of our lives, like threads in a tapestry.
Each of us has a unique blueprint for the way we see our relationships, the world and ourselves. This blueprint is formed in our earliest relationships. The lessons we learn when we are young — about our worth, relationships, and what is expected from us – go with us, into our current life. Unfortunately, our early blueprints are often constricting and painful, leaving us feeling stuck or repeating familiar patterns. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that change is possible. Current science has proven that our brains can change and stay changed in response to psychotherapy. We can literally create new blueprints. We do this through psychotherapy that focuses on understanding our existing blueprints and on developing relationships where change is possible.
Self-knowledge takes work, but the payoff is great. It gives us the ability to respond to life rather than react. It gives us choice. People who know themselves well are more successful in life than those who aren’t. They also have better relationships.
Healthy relationships are like Miracle Grow for our lives. They help us to grow and be ourselves. But most of us need help in creating relationships where a variety of feelings and concerns can be expressed and worked through. These types of relationships provide support, satisfaction and meaning to life.
Effective therapy is not about blaming our past or other people for our lives. It’s about discovering how our past may still impact us today, and using new strategies to have the satisfying, powerful life we want.
Change is possible. I can help.
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