Bio

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and have practiced psychotherapy for twenty years, focusing on stress management, mood disorders, and life transition issues.  I hold a post-graduate certification as a Professional Coach through the College of Executive Coaching and I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

My experience includes founding a private practice with three other therapists in Amarillo, Texas. This counseling center is still thriving. I have also held positions as Director of Counseling Services at West Texas A&M University and Amarillo College. I am a supervisor of counseling interns and have extensive teaching and speaking experience. In my practice, I offer counseling, life coaching and hypnotherapy.

Even though I am experienced in a variety of issues, my specialty area in counseling is anxiety management. Clearly, there are many situations that increase our anxiety. No matter what your particular stressors, there are strategies and life skills that will help!  My approach engages mind, body and spirit as tools to reduce anxiety and learn to live a peaceful life. I believe my clients find me to be open, accepting, informative and fun. I love the new emphasis on positive psychology, which not only assesses what is wrong, but also what is right in a person’s life. Together, my clients and I identify their strengths and learn to use them towards growth and healing.

Another focus area of mine is life transitions. As women, we continually have the opportunity to re-invent ourselves when we are faced with major life changes:  college graduation, career choice, marriage, pregnancy, children, losses such as divorce or the death of a parent, parenting through each phase of child development, empty nest when children leave, and retirement…..and more.  Each transition includes dealing with loss and learning more about who we want to become. It really helps to have someone walk through it with you.

I also love to work with clients who are seeking a faith-sensitive approach, in which we explore their spiritual belief systems and how their lives are affected and strengthened by these beliefs.

My specialty area in life coaching is relationship enrichment. I believe that relationships are the primary ways that we grow and develop. I use assessments and targeted interventions to help clients identify strengths and challenge areas and then to make changes that they choose. Topics that are usually addressed are communication skills, practices that make relationships work, personality types, and realistic expectations. Our sessions are enjoyable and enlightening!

Ready to talk? I’m ready to listen.

(512) 517-1993