I have been in private practice in Austin, Texas for thirty-five years.
I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University
of Texas at Austin, have completed additional graduate work at SUNY
Brockport in New York and attend professional trainings in areas of
interest. I am licensed by the State of Texas as a Professional
Counselor/Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) #2497.
In the past, I was employed as a counselor for the University of Texas' Counseling and Psychological Services Center, providing individual, couples and group therapy, as well as outreach programs and workshops. In addition, I was on the staff of the University's Telephone Counseling and Referral Hotline providing crisis and suicide intervention. When I left U.T., I became the director of The Women's Counseling and Resource Center of the YWCA for several years, where we provided counseling and crisis intervention, topic-oriented groups and trainings in the community. Since then my time has been devoted to private practice.
I use a support/challenge model to facilitate self-exploration in order to overcome emotional pain and trauma, develop self-acceptance, and increase mastery of life skills. My therapy style is eclectic utilizing cognitive-behavioral, relational and gestalt theories. EMDR, mindfulness techniques, relaxation exercises, intention setting, inner child work, and hypnosis are often incorporated.
Areas of expertise and interest:
Loss and Grief due to death and major life transitions; Handling graduate school/college stress and transitions; Relationship issues especially regarding communication/assertiveness skill building; Pregnancy/postpartum/parenting support; Hypnosis for anxiety, stress reduction, smoking and other concerns; Assault trauma recovery; Eating disorders; Workplace stress; Empowering Survivors of Dysfunctional Family systems due to: addiction, abuse, trauma, divorce, death, suicide and mental illness; Support for physical illness and addiction (if in recovery) .