MY PATH OF HEALING Trust me, I understand your struggle. I have anxiety and have been learning to live with it both personally and professionally for 30 years.
I was the shy kid growing up, which is another way of saying I was anxious. However, because of my determination, hard-work, focus and intelligence, it did not hold me back or cause me problems. That all changed one day at work. I was preparing to run a group session at the residential treatment center when I experienced my first panic attack.
In the matter of a few minutes I went from feeling a little stressed to having difficulty breathing, feeling like there was an elephant sitting on my chest, having tingling hands, feeling light-headed and like I was about to pass out.
That day, I realized that I had an anxiety problem and that it had been controlling me most of my life. Thus began my journey of making anxiety my ally instead of my enemy. I learned skills and techniques to overcome it and get myself unstuck from the fear. I grew to understand it, developed a relationship with it, embraced it and finally learned to live with it successfully by rewiring my brain and nervous system.
I realized there were choices I could make in any circumstance that allow me to be in control of my life. I no longer live in fear of my anxiety. It is my ally, and I am free to fully embrace the joy life has to bring.
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... it's about learning how to dance in the rain.”
MY CLINICAL APPROACH
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. My counseling career began at a therapeutic wilderness camp with at-risk teenage girls and since then has incorporated many various settings. I have experience working with foster care agencies, child advocacy centers, sexual assault/domestic violence programs, children’s residential treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, and out-patient counseling agencies. I have been in private practice in Texas since early 2000 and most recently in Georgetown, Texas. Choose Your Pathway to Freedom
My philosophy in working with you is simple. I want to guide you into manifesting your best life possible. I do this by creating a safe environment for you to explore what is going on with you and by tailoring each session to meet your unique needs. I use activities or techniques that will allow you the most growth and healing, and maybe even allow you to have some fun while doing so.