I’m glad you are reading this because advocating for your needs and finding the right fit in therapy is so important. I am a clinical and forensic psychologist, licensed in the state of Texas and have provided therapy for individuals, couples and families since 2000. In 2005, I began conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments to help clients better understand their learning strengths and weaknesses as well as identify underlying learning, cognitive, and attentional disabilities. My clients’ ages have ranged from 18 months of age all the way up to 88 years, and include a variety of populations including athletes, law enforcement, domestic violence victims, sexual assault survivors, trauma victims, and traumatic brain injured clients as well as individuals seeking to improve their relationships, their lives, and overall mental health.
One specific area of expertise for me is in the legal system. I am a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and Certified Child Custody Evaluator. This means I conduct many forms of court ordered evaluations for families in crisis. I have a passion for working with families and individuals to help them find their voice in a confusing system. I have watched too many families struggle with making critical decisions without the support of a professional to help them navigate a path that works best for the child(ren). I work hard to be a helpful and calming presence in the midst of these trying times.
I am also a certified trauma specialist. I also provide EMDR therapy, which is a research based therapeutic intervention shown to dramatically help those who have experienced a traumatic life event. Our bodies and brains can stubbornly hold on to trauma, thinking we are protecting ourselves; yet, often times we are preventing our own happiness. EMDR is a powerful tool in reprocessing negative experiences so that you are able to make decisions from your goals instead of from a place of fear.
In terms of my training and experience, I hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration. My overall approach to therapy is eclectic and client-centered with a leaning towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I believe it is never too soon or too late to address struggles in our lives! Everyone can benefit from the support of a compassionate listener trained in scientifically proven methodologies. Regardless of your symptoms, we can work together to get to the root to accomplish you goals. As a culturally competent therapist, I respect and want to empower all people to heal, grow and enjoy life!
On a personal basis, I have lead a very interesting life. Growing up, my family and I moved 31 times in 19 years among 6 different states! While, in my heart my alma mater will forever be Florida State University…. “go Noles!” I am so grateful that we have been settled in Texas for over two decades now, with no plans to move! After completing my PhD and working for 3 years conducting Neuropsychological assessments in the private sector, I had the privilege of working as a behavioral health research scientist for NASA’s long duration mission. This afforded me the privilege of working with world renowned experts in every discipline and provided invaluable insight for best practice interventions in the area of psychological well- being. I also serve as the Director of Psychology for the nonprofit “I’m Bully Free!” whose mission is to protect all children and provide a safe environment. For approximately 2 years, I provided competency to stand trial evaluations for a forensic population group before securing employment with the Houston Police Department. I served HPD for 7.5 years providing selection and training of officers and providing psychological services to the officers and their family members. My proudest contribution was authoring and presenting a mandatory training for over 5,000 HPD officers and 1,200 HPD civilian employees on the impact of trauma on all individuals, and how to remain resilient to burn through rather than burn out. Children of officers, spouses, and officers themselves are often survivors of trauma and compounded trauma unresolved is treatable. This work experience also afforded me the opportunity to work with parents and CPS in precarious situations to find a solution in the best interest of the child(ren). Lastly, since 2014, I have been providing direct clinical services to the people of the Greater Houston area and this is by far my favorite job!
If you have additional questions, please contact me to learn more.