As a talk therapist, I found it frustrating trying to help people who wanted to get better but just couldn't seem to get there. I worked hard to help my clients find a better way. I finally found other options in EMDR and Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, Heart Rate Variability Training, Photic Stimulation, and many others. No one should have to suffer through years of therapy when there may be other options.
Credentials & Career Journey
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and New Mexico and I am a fully trained EMDR therapist. I completed my Masters Degree through Capella University in 2011 and began a private practice in Georgetown, Texas that same year. In late 2014, when my husband’s employment took him to Clovis, NM, I moved my private practice to this new location. In February 2020, my husband transferred to Lufkin, TX for his work and I transitioned to our new location in August 2020 where I presently work with clients in through talk therapy, EMDR therapy, and Neurofeedback.
My Therapy Style
My clients find me to be very warm and caring, and my love for the work that I do is evident. I listen carefully and give honest and direct feedback. I believe there is more than one way to live a fulfilling life, and find that each person must find what works uniquely for them. My goal is to help you find your own authentic voice, make changes to what may not be working in the present, and move forward to live the life you are destined to live.
My Life Before Becoming a Therapist
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked for a large corporation for 10 years as a Human Resource Manager. I was married for 17 years and raised 2 children. I went through a divorce at the age of 40 and married again 15 years ago. I have experienced both a challenging marriage and a very satisfying marriage. My first marriage did not fail for lack of trying on both our parts. During this marriage, I participated in a great deal of marriage therapy. I know what it’s like to be on the other side of the counseling room and have a huge appreciation for the amount of courage it takes to go through the counseling process, both as an individual and as a couple.
I grew up in a family of 8 children where life was mostly challenging. I have experienced life at its best and its worst. I am acquainted with the sorrow of death of very close loved ones, divorce, heartache, parenting challenges, step-parenting difficulties, tough teens, unwanted moves to locations that were less than desirable, serious financial struggles, extended family conflict, low self-worth, challenges with in-laws, living with elderly parents, caring for parents with dementia, struggles with a healthy body image, and the list could go on and on. I share this so that you have a true understanding of where I have come from in life.
My formal education is very important in my ability to help others. But my life experiences are what help me have true empathy and understanding for where my clients are in this sometimes difficult journey we call life. I draw on these rich personal experiences in working with my clients and believe these are the things that make me real and capable of meeting each client where they are when they begin this journey of change.
When I'm not working, you will find me enjoying the hammock on my patio, working on a craft project, remodeling some part of my home, spending time with my grandchildren, planting flowers in my garden, serving in the community, or dancing with my husband.
I created this wellness center so that individuals have options beyond medication and traditional talk therapy. In many cases it may take a multi-faceted approach but I believe NFB should be considered a very strong option