Hello and welcome to Therapy Austin! I am glad you found us! Life can be a difficult journey but the journey, no matter the distance, starts with one step. Even when we seem to be on the right path, things can happen that throw us off course and we can lose ourselves and our way. When things veer off course, it manifests in many ways including anxiety, grief, and depression and we need someone to walk with us. Hopefully on this journey, we are able to find our wholeness and know that we are already whole and have value and worth. We are allowed to lose our way and we also deserve to enjoy our life. You are worth the time and energy needed to spend on yourself to find your way back to you. I would like to walk this journey with you as you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, foster healthier ways of coping with day to day difficulties, and identify steps in creating the world you want to live in.
I am a person-centered and strength-based therapist, meaning that I focus on supporting your needs and goals. Clients have described my presence as embodying comfort. I consider the therapeutic relationship to be an extremely meaningful relationship, and I value the stories and connections that are built within this relationship. I believe that because most of us are hurt relationally, we are healed relationally, and my role is to provide the space to explore that healing.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University and I spent 6+ years working in social services assisting children and families from diverse populations with history of trauma before deciding I wanted to help others in another way. I then received my Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and I truly enjoy getting to do this work every day. My transition to the counseling profession has been just as rewarding as my social service work because of the opportunity to help others has always aligned with my purpose.
I enjoyed my experiences working in social services with populations like youth in the foster care system and with families in partnership with Communities in Schools and United Way. I believe this experience helped me to conceptualize the importance of the family system and relationships. I currently work in private practice with adolescents and adults exploring issues like various life transitions, trauma, relational concerns, clinical depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, a history of physical and sexual abuse, parenting, domestic violence, posttraumatic stress, loss and grief, and issues with sexuality. I also currently work with older adults, running processing groups to deal with their unique life transitions.
When I am taking care of myself I love spending time with family and friends, going to visit museums or other creative art installations, swimming, cooking, singing, dancing and trying new things. I enjoy exploring the things that may not be as readily in my path. When going through life's transitions, there are moments that feel frustrating and overwhelming, leaving you feeling stuck! Together we will work toward hope, healing, and acceptance of your wholeness. I look forward to hearing from you and walking through this with you, wherever you are. If you’re ready to begin, reach out to me at 512/201-4501, ext. 214 or fill out a request form on our Get Started page.