About Me

I have been in private practice in Austin, Texas for over 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 of Great Austin 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: 

EMDR to address past and current trauma;  Loss and Grief due to death, divorce, and major life transitions;  Handling graduate school/college stress and transitions;  Relationship issues especially regarding communication/assertiveness skill building;  Pregnancy/postpartum/parenting support;  Hypnosis to reduce  anxiety, increase empowerment, resiliency and calming, smoking cessation and other concerns;   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) .

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