Over the last eighteen years, I have provided therapy to literally thousands of clients in various settings including community mental health (MHMR), a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis and outpatient center, a university counseling center, a psychiatric emergency room and private practice.
My training and certification is as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Bachelors of Social Work from Tarleton State University in 1990 and my Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.
My passion has been and remains to assist individuals and families in sorting out confusion, healing misperceptions, repairing interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, building confidence and skills, improving self-esteem, developing identity, and reducing and even eliminating the terror, loss and pain that can accompany the trauma that impacts their lives.
I have found that the greatest affirmation for what life is about is in the voices, hearts and souls of the individuals sitting opposite me in the therapy room. I have been witness to the resilience people can demonstrate against judgment, negation, and violence as they do battle against the automatic and insidiously implicit and find strength and calm in their centered selves. Such courageous acts of discovery and release have led me to a more and more profound respect for all of us as individuals and for humanity as a whole. The people I have served have taught me that we are inherently trustworthy. We are worth the effort.
TOP TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY CLIENTS:
10. Each person is a universe.
9. All behavior has meaning for that person.
8. Having a self is not the same as being selfish.
7. Asking inside is asking the right person.
6. Being angry at the right person at the right time in the right way for the right reason equals good mental health (George Herbert Mead).
5. Real safety comes from the self.
4. People are FAR too complex to be simply good or bad.
3. The best indication that the thought that you’re having is really your own is a peaceful gut.
2. Bringing the heart and mind to the same page is difficult but worth the effort.
AND ... (DRUMROLL, PLEASE!!!)
1. Never give up!