Taking the first step to seek counseling takes courage. For some, it can be scary, intimidating and uncomfortable. My goal is to help make it one of the best decisions of your life.
Because therapy is not a “one size fits all” approach, I integrate various treatment models and tailor them to an individual’s needs. My framework is person-centered therapy, meaning I work collaboratively with my clients to empower them and help them gain insight through a balance of acceptance and personal growth. Respect, empathy, genuineness, honesty and humor are offered in my sessions so that clients feel comfortable enough to openly explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
My “counseling” career began when I worked as a child protective services specialist in 1990. My clients were abused and/or neglected children and their families. I worked with people who made poor choices as well as those who suffered from them. I was able to witness that with the right support, some of those people chose to change their lives for the better. As a result, I realized I desired to help people attain healthier, happier, more peaceful lives.
I received my masters of education in counseling and human development at Lamar University in Beaumont, Tx. During my internship, I provided therapy for at-risk teens at Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center in Beaumont, Tx. While obtaining my license, I counseled the geriatric population as well as adults with physical challenges and mental health issues including depression, bipolar, personality disorders and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.
I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for more than 30 years and we have two wonderful, young adult children, a daughter and son. We are happy empty nesters spending our free time doing whatever we feel like doing. I spend a lot of my time in church. I also enjoy reading, surfing the internet and watching cooking shows and the news.
*If you are committed to improving your life, I am committed to helping you do it.*