Welcome. Let me give you a little background on me. I am a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Clinical Psychologist. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the The University of Memphis. My residency training was completed at the Houston VA Medical Center, and my post-doctoral training was completed at Texas Children’s Hospital. I tell you all of this to let you know I’ve had a wide variety of training experiences that have helped me become uniquely trained to work with both children and adults with a wide array of difficulties.
I have had nearly 20 years of experience providing individual, family, and group therapy as well as providing supervision and training of Master’s level students in psychology, doctoral level students in clinical and counseling psychology, and post-doctoral level trainees in clinical and counseling psychology. I enjoy working with parents, children, and teens to help them create a more cohesive family experience. I believe in the importance of the parent-child/teen connection as well as structure and predictability. In addition, I very much enjoy working with adults who are motivated to understand and improve patterns in their lives. Below are some of my areas of specialty:
- Anxiety, panic
- Behavior problems, Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Couples/Marital Therapy
- Divorce adjustment
- Life transitions
- Stress management
Finally, I enjoy presenting on topics such as Helping Explosive Children, ADHD, Childhood and Adult Anxiety, Parenting, and Child/Adolescent/Parent Stress Management.
My job is incredibly rewarding. People often ask me “Don’t you find that work depressing?” Truth is, I rarely feel my job is depressing. Yes, people come to me during times of struggle. But the goal of therapy is to get through the struggle to a better place. That process is a positive one, one that is uplifting, growth oriented, forward focused.
On a personal note, Fort Bend County has been a fantastic place for me to raise my family and build my practice. So I like to give back to this community as much as I can. I have served in the past on local PTA boards and Community Based Leadership Teams. I have been on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County for 9 years where I’ve served as Board Chair, Past Chair and Secretary. I have also served as President and Executive Committee member for Fort Bend Psychological Association, and on the Membership Committee member for Texas Psychological Association. I am a graduate of the Leadership Forum for Non-Profits through the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and am long time volunteer and supporter of Girl Scouts of America.
I believe in tailoring treatment to meet the needs of the individual, couple or family. While much of my training has been in empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, I am also experienced in providing therapy in an eclectic format that draws from Family Systems Theory, Meditation/Mindfulness, and Insight Oriented Therapy. Many clients seek short term goal oriented therapy to address specific issues; but I also provides longer term therapy that addresses more ingrained, long standing personal or family issues.
Individual, Couples and Family Therapy
Accepting new patients:
Texas A&M University, College Station : 1990
Bachelor of Science Degree, Clinical Psychology Graduated with Honors
Houston VAMC, Houston Texas : 1997
APA Approved Internship Program Rotations in Ambulatory Medicine, Depression Clinic, PTSD Clinic, Geriatrics, Neuropsychology, Inpatient Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Intervention
Graduate School Education:
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN : 1997
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN : 1993
Master of Science Degree, Clinical Psychology