The counseling relationship is unique and unlike any other you have in your life. It is confidential and is based on trust and non-judgment. What’s most unique, is that I truly listen to your story and provide you a safe and supportive environment to be authentic. We work as a team to construct your goals and I help you challenge your own thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that are affecting your life. I will guide you into becoming a stronger and healthier for the change you hope to achieve. My approach is direct and I will not leave you guessing. My favorite quotes are:
“In tragedy I found my purpose”
“I find strength in my pain”
Finding my own strength from tragedy is exactly what motivated me to enter into the mental health profession, so I could help others. My integrated counseling approach includes trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy.
I graduated from Lamar University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Science majoring in education. With this education, I began a career in teaching special education for 3 and 4 year olds with disabilities in Silsbee, Texas. I am certified by the Texas Education Agency to teach elementary (EC-8th), early childhood-special education (PreK-6th), generic special education (PK-12th), and early childhood (Pre-K-Kindergarten). After school, I was also a home trainer for children who qualified under the autism spectrum. In 2005, I paused my career to focus on raising my 4 amazing daughter. When my twin girls were two-years old, I opened a small business and attended graduate school until my graduation 2013 from Lamar University with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. I continued my education until 2014 and obtained a certification from the Licensed Professional Counselor Program.
Before coming to New Path Counseling group, my experience from 2014 to 2016 was at the Garth House, in Beaumont, Texas. I was able to specialize in counseling sexually and physically abused children and their families. During that time, I provided counseling services to the children, their parents, siblings, and caregivers of these abused children. Seeing these victims be empowered and learning how to cope with their trauma was a beautiful experience. I have completed training to be a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapist.
My life is like a three ring organized circus!! I am married to a very supportive and loving spouse. We have four daughters who keep me very busy. My daughters are involved with many extracurricular activities that keep us running, so being organized is not an option for me as a mom of 4! As a family, we spend our extra time at the lake every chance we get. I call the lake my “happy place”. My 3 dogs are also like my children and one of them is a chocolate lab who is a therapy dog in our home.