I’ve lived in the Austin area for over 20 years. I originally moved here in my early 20’s to attend the University of Texas. I stayed for one semester because I started playing in garage-punk bands. Books, lectures, exams, running across campus and fighting parking in the heat lost its appeal compared to parties and clubs. I dove into the Austin nightlife and music scene.
Nine years later I found myself in bad shape, horribly depressed and so angry for so long I didn’t know what I was angry about. I self-medicated with alcohol and drugs for many years. I went to a therapist who guided me in dealing with wounds from the past. For the first time, I was willing to face the ugliness of growing up with alcoholic family members and face my own alcoholism and drug addiction. This critical work was the foundation for me to move forward in life. The most gratifying piece for me was a sense of personal freedom. The scars remain but the wounds are no longer open.
After a few years this experience inspired me to return to the University of Texas to finish what I started a decade before. I graduated from UT with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. I completed my M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas. I am basic trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
The greatest joy I have from my work is watching clients step into the uneasiness, pull what is valuable out of the muck and learn to discard the garbage to move forward with their lives. What I love about my work is I’ve never had a boring day doing this! Each one of you are unique in your own ways and my clients are my greatest teachers.
I’ve worked with all differing issues: mood disorders, personality disorders, adult children of alcoholics, codependency, relationship issues, and male and female survivors of sexual abuse. At the end of the day I believe that all of one’s pains can be transformed and one’s experience becomes one’s greatest assets.
LPC License (TX) #73619
LCDC License (TX) #12557