Through my own personal experience in counseling as an adolescent, I quickly knew I wanted to be a counselor. I have a deep desire to meet people where they are at, and help them to grow and heal. While I was initially resistant to counseling as a teenager, it only took a few sessions for me to realize how valuable that hour a week was for me. I became aware that my counselor was simply holding a space for me to talk and process, without giving unsolicited advice or feedback. I felt heard and cared for. This time in counseling was extremely influential in that it helped me to grow in my self-worth and experience what true healing can look like. It has since been a desire of mine to be able to offer this experience to others.
I received my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas, where I also received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in two years and where I conducted research that was published nationally. My formal education, personal experience, and training in my Master’s program have equipped me to serve adolescent and adult clients, both individually and in the group setting. While in graduate school, I simultaneously worked full-time at a family law firm, a position that allowed me to walk alongside clients undergoing traumatic and overwhelming transitions in life.
I have a passion for facilitating emotional and mental health through counseling, and have pursued the best education available while accumulating experiences to position me to be a compassionate and skilled counselor. It is a joy and an honor to work alongside clients as they seek to heal from life’s obstacles, and grow in a healthy and loving sense of self. One of my favorite parts about counseling is witnessing a client have a “light bulb” moment that moves them closer to healing and a deeper understanding of themselves.
It is my joy to work alongside individuals battling depression, fear/anxiety, grief, and life transitions. As a counselor, I operate out of an approach that enables me to view each of my clients holistically. I strive to cultivate a safe environment to encourage clients to become more aware of the way they view their world in ways that foster healthier thought patterns. I am passionate in aiding clients to better understand themselves and meeting them where they are.
It is such a delight to counsel within the Denton community, where I have lived for almost 7 years. Although I initially moved here for college, the tight-knit and creative community I found have me here and deepened my love for this city. Hanging out on the square and encountering familiar faces has always been such a sweet and comforting part of Denton. When I’m not counseling, you can find me rock climbing at the local gym with friends, petting my cat Skittles, reading at a local coffee shop, or volunteering in my church’s youth ministry. If I could have a superpower, it would be teleportation. Between seeing clients and all of the activities I take part in, I could save a lot of time (and gas!) if I could simply teleport from place to place.
A word of advice for anyone interested in counseling, but hesitant to take the first step: give it a chance. Counseling is an investment, and a tool to help you better understand yourself and the way you operate. Taking the first step may be scary, but it proves to yourself that you believe you are worth it, and deserving of healing. And you are.