So glad you found me! Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a Clinical Psychologist. I have completed a doctoral program in assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. In order to train as a psychologist, I completed a Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. The final steps of my doctoral training brought me to the Houston area for an internship and fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. I was on faculty at BCM treating children at Texas Children’s Hospital before opening my own practice, and I maintain a voluntary affiliation with BCM to provide supervision and specialty training to psychology interns if needed.
I knew that I wanted to be a psychologist from an early age. I believe strongly in the process of change and feel that most of today’s challenges can be managed by self-awareness and preparation. With now 20 years of experience I am more convicted than ever in individuals shaping and changing their outlook and managing their emotional and behavioral difficulties. So much is known about managing difficulties, such as anxiety and depression, that there is no reason for individuals to suffer or be held back by these obstacles. I remain passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults change their thinking and their circumstances to promote day to day satisfaction, growth, and well-being. Together, let’s make sure nothing is stopping you!
I am always accepting New Patients. Sometimes I can fit you in faster than other times. Please call my office and let my staff know what you need and we can work together.
Below are my broad areas of specialty:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Depression/Withdrawal due to Anxiety
School Phobia or Avoidance
Professionals in Crisis
Adjustment to Divorce
Adjustment to Acute or Chronic Illness
Health Impairment in day to day living
Less Common Issues
Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
Skin Picking (Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors)
Treatment Style and Approach
I believe in customizing treatment for you. The best fit is determined based on what things you are most concerned by and how those things are most impacting your life. Ultimately, you have to grow comfortable talking to me and trusting me for treatment to work. My primary therapy style is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a form of therapy that looks at how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. By better tuning in to how you are thinking about and approaching your day to day interactions and demands, you can pinpoint thinking patterns or expectations that hold you up and keep you from having the end result you want in each situation.
CBT is a structured therapy style but works best when it is tailored to you and your circumstances. This means that you and I collaborate to examine how changes to your thoughts and behaviors can better enable you to meet your goals. I rely heavily on my years of training and experience to work efficiently on identifying your hold-ups and unproductive patterns. I believe that showing you how to catch yourself in faulty thought processes and actions helps you maintain therapy gains long after formal treatment ends.
Professional and Personal Involvement
I am a parent and community member in the trenches with you! I am fortunate to enjoy my dream job but I work hard to balance my professional and personal energy just like you. In order to support and contribute to my community and my profession I have served in various board or committee positions for Fort Bend Psychological Association (FBPA) and Texas Psychological Association (TPA), as well as key support positions for my local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). I contribute to and hold membership in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF), The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, and Moms Demand Action.
Education, Training, and Service
Licensed Psychologist, 2003
Assistant Professor/Clinical Psychologist, 2003-2004
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2002-2003
Clinical Psychology Intern- Pediatric Track, 2001-2002
Psychiatry & Psychology Service, Texas Children’s Hospital
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
Doctorate of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.), 2002
Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology (M.S.), 1999
Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Bachelor of Science Psychology (B.S.), Magna Cum Laude with Honors, 1995
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas