I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate and excited to be joining the team here at Compassion Centered Counseling. I have experience in individual and couples counseling in private practice, community, and school settings. My compassion, empathy, and love of people along with my own life journey is what compelled me to enter the field of counseling. My primary theoretical model is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), combined with faith-based counseling. My counseling philosophy is from a holistic point of view addressing the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person. I also believe therapy must be tailored to the individual as no two people are the same. My specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, chronic illness/pain, grief and loss, caregiver burnout, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-worth, stress management, spiritual concerns, financial problems, and career counseling.
Professional Development: I feel I am a “lifetime-learner,” as I find myself saying, “I just love to learn.” I think that in any profession staying on top of the latest in research, continuing education, and advancements in the field are extremely important and especially in counseling. I want to be able to provide the best overall help to my clients by enhancing my skills with further education, trainings, certifications, and research. I am currently trained in EMDR therapy, which has been proven to help many heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences.
Background: I was born and raised in Texas and grew up in East Fort Worth. I attended the University of North Texas in Denton and received my Bachelor of Business Administration with a Marketing major in 2005. My professional work experience after graduating is extensive including workforce development, career counseling, human resources, recruiting, quality assurance, finance/taxes, non-profits, entrepreneurship, and ministry.
After losing my mom in 2016 to Alzheimer’s disease, my father was diagnosed the very next year. I became his full-time caregiver for several years and during that time I decided to pursue my master’s in professional counseling. I graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in May of 2022 with a MA in Professional Counseling.
I believe in having a full life that balances work and personal life. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church, traveling, exercising and being active outdoors, along with reading and watching movies.
What I love about my career: I truly love people and love hearing their stories and with counseling I get to do that and help people with whatever life challenges they may be facing. I enjoy hearing the positive testimonies of healing, progress and change whether it be each week from the client, at the close of a therapy relationship, or by others such as family and friends, but often it is the noticeable unspoken changes of attitude, emotion, and behavior that are the most rewarding. I believe counseling is truly a ministry that I am called to.