As a therapist and as a person I have grown profoundly over the last several years. This is due to my education, as well as my previous and current work experience. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in psychology. I chose this field because I have a large heart and a passion for helping others. I continued on this same path by pursuing graduate school afterward. I graduated with my Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston and soon thereafter obtained my license to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
When I was still a graduate student in Houston, I completed an internship at The Harris County Jail. I worked in their Center for Mental Health and IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). After graduation, I stayed on and pursued a career there because I had fallen in love with the work. I specialized in the forensic unit working with their vulnerable, incarcerated population. The Harris County Jail housed inmates who desperately needed mental health attention. I spent three years of my life serving those individuals and treating their mental illnesses. Doing this work really strengthened my empathic lens. I really learned how our childhood, upbringing, and social situations impact our behavior and our mental health. I believe we are all humans and we make mistakes; but, we all deserve love, belonging, and equal treatment.
After five years of living and working in Houston, I moved to San Antonio to be closer to family. I love working where I grew up and am dedicated to providing support for individuals in my community. I have now worked in private practice for two years which has continued to broaden my scope of work as a clinician.
My approach to counseling is eclectic, meaning I use a mix of different types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Therapy. However, I truly believe the bond between patient and therapist is actually the most important part! As your therapist, I want to build a lasting relationship with you so you will feel like you can be one hundred percent yourself. I want you to feel safe, valued and understood. We will work together to develop solutions and process life situations.
There are no wrong emotions in my opinion. Sometimes, you just need the right tools to help you live a healthy, fulfilling life. Therapy can be one of those tools! I am human and do not have all the answers; but, I am determined to help you feel heard, and to help you gain clarity in any problem you may have. I look forward to working with you!