A Little Something About Me...
I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I'm a board approved supervisor for both licenses. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Psychology in 2005. I was one of those people who felt the tug to stay in Austin (so many do!), so I continued on with my education at St. Edward's University where I graduated with my Master's in Counseling in 2009. I am a current member of the Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and Austin InConnection.
I am married to Mark and have two sons, Owen and Bode. For fun and fulfillment I practice yoga and sing in Tapestry Singers, a women's chorus. I'm also a member of the audition ensemble group, Loose Threads.
Now on to my work...
Over the years, I've gained some specific areas of interest and expertise. A huge part of my training and professional wisdom came from working at Austin Child Guidance Center for over 7 years, including my practicum internship. I worked under a grant for many years serving victims of trauma, so my work today is grounded in attachment theory, neuroscience and evidence-based practices. I LOVE working with parents who are ready to overcome the challenges that have prevented them and their loved ones from having a manageable and happy life. My simple philosophy about parenting is that life WILL throw you curveballs, but with tools and direction you can learn to manage those struggles with more confidence and success. We can't prevent the rollercoaster that is life, but we can get to a place where it doesn't feel overwhelming and impossible!
In 2011, I partnered with my friend and colleague, Blake Norton, LMFT-S, to create GirlTalk Therapy. It is through this partnership that I honed my skills and expertise working with tweens and teens - leading groups, providing counseling and giving workshops on adolescent development. GirlTalk Therapy recently blossomed into GT Therapy Group - a hub for Therapy, Teaching and Training. We continue to offer group therapy but also many more services for parents, adults, couples, professionals and up-and-coming therapists.
Probably my highest passion is working with gifted and talented individuals. Growing up gifted is hard. There, I said it. It just is, and it's often an overlooked area. There are so many unique social and emotional needs of this population, many of which I can relate to on a personal level. In 2015 I became a Certified SENG Parent Group Facilitator, which influences my work with families and parents. Read this interview to hear more about my work with the GT population!
With all my clients, I view the self through the a family systems lens. In therapy, I blend mindfulness, attachment theory, self-compassion and interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB is a fancy term that, when simply put, explains the science of our human experience. I've also completed two valuable and intensive trainings in the areas of coaching and ADHD. The first certified me in the Transformational Coaching Method and the second was under the leadership of James Ochoa, LPC, renowned expert in the field of ADHD.
This is just the tip of the iceberg about myself and my work. Let's meet so I can share more and answer any questions you may have!
The Therapy Match...
A predictor of success in therapy depends on the right "fit" with your therapist. In other words, it's all about the relationship! A good therapeutic "match" with me may be someone who:
- Is ready for a change and is motivated
- Enjoys playfulness and humor
- Would like mutual understanding and collaboration balanced by gentle direction toward goals
- Is driven by finding solutions rather than focusing on problems
- Likes creative interventions mixed with evidence-based practices
If this sounds like you, then take the next step to contact me!