Supervised by Kimberly Kline, LPCS
I am a mother of 2 boys, ages 21 and 25. I truly enjoyed every minute of raising them, even the hard moments. My oldest son is now married and in Seattle with his wife. My youngest is the fireball who has DiGeorge syndrome. It was challenging many times, but I have been his advocate through his entire life and still am to this day. I am now an empty nester with just my sweet dog Dixon, an American Eskimo.
I love theatre, sailing and writing. I acted from an early age throughout college. I have directed one small community play since living in the Dallas area. I am from Abilene, TX and have lived in the Dallas area for 23 years. I was a Fine Arts major and was a photographer for 17 years. I photographed many weddings and love the emotion and depth of personality that is shown in families and couples who are getting married. I also volunteered my photography services to an organization that helps single moms with children get back on their feet. I truly enjoyed photographing and videoing each of those families, hearing their stories and seeing their growth. My advisor in college suggested that I consider changing my major to psychology, but I did not at that time.
I went back to school for an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2016 at Texas A&M Commerce University. I decided to pursue my graduate degree in counseling for my LPC after receiving my undergraduate degree. I have raised my boys while working and trying to balance life and school. It’s been a tough, but a rewarding journey. I went through a tough divorce while getting my undergraduate degree. There were many times that I wanted to give up, but I pushed myself to continue. The further along I got in school, and the more I learned about myself through the psychology courses I took, the more I wanted to succeed. This has been life changing for me. I have a passion for helping people find their inner strength, their self-worth, and courage to grow.
I worked as a behavioral technician, doing behavioral therapy with children that have Autism. It was an incredible, rewarding experience. The skills and knowledge that I’ve gained are different than counseling but compliment it in many ways. I have counseled adolescents ages 12 and older as well as adults. My areas of strength are depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, self-harm, eating disorders, and stress management.