I have spent the past 15+ years working in a variety of clinical settings ranging from nationally recognized non-profit agencies to residential & outpatient treatment centers. My focus has covered many areas from anxiety and depression, to recovery from drug & alcohol addiction, relationship issues, anger management, adjustment concerns, working with veterans, trauma/PTSD, living with a dual diagnosis as well as the enhancement of the health and well-being for people affected by HIV and AIDS.
I possess a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, a Post-Graduate Certification in Addictions Counseling from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University, Parkville, MO. I currently hold licensure as an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of both Texas and Pennsylvania.
My own personal journey of self-reflection began in the summer of 1992 when I realized many of the choices I had been making were not only adversely affecting me but also those with whom I loved. A friend shared her own experience, the solutions she had found and thus began my own journey. That was over 25 years ago.
In my free time, I try to practice what I preach - balance. Being in touch with where I am mentally, physically and spiritually is a daily process. The outdoors play a vital role. I can generally be found either spinning around on my mountain bike or running the wooded trails of the Greenbelt, Walnut Creek Park, or on the hike and bike trail around Town Lake. The exploration of spiritual beliefs continue to develop through meditation and engagement with the local recovery community and thus, positively impacting my overall mental well-being.