Social work has always been known as a helping profession, and as a clinical social worker, I have had the good fortune to work with a variety of people, helping them improve their lives through counseling and linking people with needed community resources. A person’s fundamental needs must be met before he or she can focus on improving his or her quality of life. My approach to counseling incorporates a systems approach, which monitors how a person’s family and environment affect emotional and physical wellness. Throughout our lives, we experience many ups and downs, and at times it can all seem so overwhelming. Allow me to help guide you through the difficult times in a relaxed, comfortable environment. My job isn’t to tell you what to do, rather to explore all options regarding your needs and find what works best to improve your emotional well-being.
My career as a social worker began after receiving my bachelor’s degree in social work in 1994 from Northwestern State University. I worked in psychiatric inpatient settings with both children and adults until receiving my master’s degree in social work in 1998 from Stephen F. Austin State University. I have since worked in various settings, particularly with terminally ill clients and their families through hospice agencies. In 2004, I received my licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have mainly spent time working in mental health since that time. I enjoy helping people that deal with anxiety, depression, medical issues, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, and other chronic mental health diagnoses. Currently, I provide therapeutic treatment for adults and geriatrics through individual, family and couples counseling.
My own life can be quite trying at times, as I have a husband of 16 years and 2 very active, stinky boys to take care of at home. They truly make life interesting, and I am either on a soccer field, a baseball field, or in the bleachers of a basketball game every single Saturday morning. My other loves are my animals. We are big believers in adopting from our local humane society, and we are proud owners of 3 cats and 1 dog. According to my 6 year old, I cook a killer macaroni and cheese, and most people don’t know that when I was growing up, I wanted to be a singer and dancer. I’ll settle for my life, because I think I have the best of all worlds!