Everyone at one point or another has had difficulty in their lives. Sometimes, we are aware of problems that are causing us distress, other times, we just can’t seem to figure out “what is wrong”. My aim as your potential counselor is to provide support, and guidance, and provide a nonjudgmental space for you to seek clarity using a collaborative approach. I understand that seeking help can be frightening, but you are not alone on this journey. Many of us fear sharing our private pain, hurt feelings, or concerns stirring us emotionally. Anxiety is a normal part of talking to a therapist about your challenges. Only you are your own expert but I am here to help you build a space in which you can identify and understand what goals you want to achieve using a solution-focused approach.
My primary area of focus is on depression and anxiety and attempting to alleviate and reduce symptoms while also building a strong foundation to be able to cope with events that may be inevitable. The goal of our time together will be to help nurture healthy change with you in mind by learning about you as a person and your emotional needs and reducing negative feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt, and shame. I hope to connect with you and start work to help you work on a continuous path of seeking clarity, peace, and well-being.
M.Ed. - Counseling and Guidance, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
As I was growing up, I found great satisfaction and fulfillment in helping people in any type of situation. As I progressed through my professional career, I really started to gain a greater understanding of how impactful mental health is on our daily lives. With this understanding, I knew that with my ability to help people and knowing the importance of mental health, I could make a difference in people's lives.
I enjoy anything outdoors from fishing, hiking, visiting national parks, and spending time nurturing my children. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening and enjoy knowing that my care and patience often pay off in more ways than one.
I really try to take an approach in my daily life of listening to everyone and always being curious and sensitive to people's experiences. I engage in mindfulness, do yoga to clear my mind and body, and meditate every night before going to bed.
I think there are many great organizations that do great work everywhere. Once that I had the privilege of being a part of was a non-profit agency that worked with people living with HIV. There, I worked with people in some of the most difficult times of their lives from learning their diagnosis, navigating stigma, and helping people learn that their diagnosis doesn't define who they are.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency or crisis and needs immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Here are some additional crisis resources.