I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, Texas who works with adults, adolescents, and families in both group and individual counseling settings. I help those who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns, such as:
- eating disorders
- interpersonal relationship conflicts and communication
- emotion regulation
- stress management
- life transitions
- work-life balance
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Health Psychology from Texas State University – San Marcos. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (69697) certified by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
My experience counseling groups and individuals began during my Master’s education, where I gained experience working with adults, adolescents, and families at the Texas State University Counseling Center, the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (EDCASA), and Hill Country Recovery Center. Since that time, I have served as a therapist and Outpatient Director at Austin Oaks Hospital, a Mindful Eating Program Therapist at the University of Texas - Austin, and a staff therapist at Sage Recovery and Wellness Center.
I have experience working with clients in outpatient and inpatient settings who have a variety of concerns, such as: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, interpersonal relationship conflicts, problems regarding their boundaries and assertiveness, coping, stress management, life transitions, and work-life balance. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches to counseling. I completed DBT Skills Training from Behavioral Tech, LLC in 2012.
Approach to Counseling
I use a collaborative approach to counseling, which means that we will work together to identify goals or changes you want for yourself and develop ways to implement these changes in order to reach your goals. As a part of this process, we will work together to understand what contributes to the problems in your life and what gets in the way of the change you want for yourself. I believe in taking a holistic approach to counseling that considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural aspects of clients' lives. As part of this holistic approach, I work collaboratively with other health professionals such as psychiatrists and dietitians. If you need a referral, or are already a client of another health professional, I will work with them to ensure your treatment goals.
I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) framework. Learn more about these therapeutic approaches below.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CBT is based on the philosophy that thoughts influence feelings; therefore, negative thinking patterns create negative mood states. CBT is a research-supported treatment for identifying and changing negative thinking patterns that contribute to depression, anxiety, and unsatisfactory relationships. Techniques used in CBT include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided visual imagery. Other techniques include thought-stopping and tracking negative automatic thoughts. Using CBT, clients learn how to regain control over thinking patterns and remain calm and relaxed when dealing with stress and other daily life hassles.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is very similar to CBT, as it is a research-supported therapeutic approach that focuses on thoughts and emotions that influence our behaviors; however, it also adds components of Eastern mindfulness meditation and concepts of validation and dialectics. DBT involves learning new tools and skills to empower you to be as effective as you can be in your life. More specifically, these skills help you become more aware of your own thoughts and emotions, tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and effectively get your needs and wants met in relationships while also maintaining self-respect. Please click here to learn more about DBT.