I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and I am currently accepting individual adolescents, adults, and couples. I am trained as a generalist and have ample experience working with a broad range of issues. I also have expertise in several specific areas (depression, anxiety, trauma, couples counseling, and sport psychology). For more than a decade, I have worked with patients in a number of settings including community outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, university counseling centers, and private practice. For more detail, please read further.
Some of the populations I work with include, but are not limited to:
- Individuals with various experiences of depression and anxiety
- Those who have histories of trauma
- Professionals in distress
- Challenges related to parenting, romantic relationships, and family life
- Concerns related to sexuality and gender
- Body related difficulties associated with food, weight, and appearance
- Those with personality difficulties that have led to entrenched struggles, often resulting in previously unsuccessful treatments
- Cultural, racial, spiritual, gender, and sexual diversity issues
- Artists of a wide range of expressions
- Individuals dealing with psychosis
What is Trauma?
Trauma takes many forms such as abuse, neglect, natural disasters, or other events that leave lasting painful effects. While it can be helpful to have these objective events as a reference, trauma is more closely related to your subjective experiences and responses to events. It is the experience of extreme distress in the context of intense fear, helplessness, feeling over-powered or out-of-control. It is traumatic to be in overwhelming states and to be alone. In line with my general approach to therapy, I believe that treatment for trauma related difficulties is about more than the reduction of symptoms. Our work together presents an opportunity to develop resilience and post-traumatic growth. I have considerable training and experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma(s) in their lives.
My Approach to Therapy
There are various approaches to the psychotherapy process. Even within the same approach, psychotherapy is dynamic and no two people have the same experience. I have been fortunate to have had extensive training in numerous treatment modalities, including behavioral, cognitive behavioral, systems models, and emotion focused treatment, among others. Although each of these approaches has shaped my work, I am most influenced by psychoanalytic (also referred to as psychodynamic) traditions. To help you better understand what I mean I have provided some more detailed readings about the nature and effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the “Links” section. I am drawn to the psychoanalytic orientation which values the depth and complexity that exists within each of us. I believe that we are innately relational and our relationships, both past and present, strongly impact our identity and overall psychological health. Often specific symptoms bring us into therapy, but following some relief from these, a desire for greater appreciation and enjoyment in life often develops. Therapy offers the opportunity to be deeply seen, heard, and known in a way that allows you to more fully know yourself.
What You Can Expect
If we work together you will find that I aim to cultivate a spirit of curiosity and exploration. This involves an ability to tolerate difficult and, at times, even painful experiences. It is my hope that we can develop a professional relationship that is sufficiently safe and dependable to acknowledge, bear, and make meaning of your experiences. I believe it’s important to find a balanced focus between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they each have meaning and are inherently interrelated. At times concerns and difficulties impacting your life will happen in the context of our therapy relationship. This is not considered to be problematic but an opportunity for a better understanding of your experience in the moment.
Despite my general approach to psychotherapy, each therapy process takes on a different expression which is dependent upon your own specific and unique experiences. The understanding of your needs, as well as the function of presenting symptoms, will guide our work together. I believe therapy is an ongoing collaborative process between you and me. This involves the setting of goals and the focus of our work together, session by session, and moment by moment. The end result of these goals is a mutually created space of exploration and creativity that leads to growth, resilience, and an enhancement of your own internal resources.