I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in psychology, and in 1990 I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW). I chose Social work because it placed a heavy emphasis on the person in his or her social context. That made sense to me. Everyone is part of a family, of a school or workplace, a community or church group and all of that plays into who we are.
I have lived on the East Coast while my husband was in graduate school, and the first place I received my license as a clinical social worker (LCSW) was in Connecticut. We then moved to Los Angeles where we lived for nine years, and I wore several hats. I was an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University for most of those years; and I also worked in hospice, a major medical center, a counseling center and finally at UCLA's Rape Treatment Center where I greatly improved my skills at working with victims of sexual trauma.
Upon moving back to Texas in 2003, I worked for a short time in private practice and then in a church setting. I was honored to be invited to start a non-profit and we opened the doors in 2006. After working there for over four years, I thought it was time for me to move out on my own, and opened a private practice in January 2011.
"Sometimes the road you are on is too difficult to navigate on your own. You need someone who can see things from a different, and hopefully, more objective perspective."
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Marital and relationship issues
Family of Origin issues
Addicted family members
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
This is by no means an exhaustive list of client issues that I can help with, but this hopefully gives you an idea of how I may be able to assist you.