I know from personal experience how powerful it can be to heal the parts of ourselves that we have left unloved and ignored. I want to share that experience with others.
How I found my treatment specialties
In graduate school, I worked with veterans and discovered that I work well with people whose background includes chronic depression, feelings of emptiness, childhood trauma, problematic alcohol or drug use, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. Those symptoms often correlate with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD). After graduation, I spent six years working in crisis response and intensive outpatient therapy (often called IOP).
Why I do this
I believe everyone is capable of living a meaningful life. I believe that every single person deserves a chance to heal. I believe that we all make mistakes, but they do not define us. I believe recovery is possible.
I use a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to therapy. I use skills from DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) in combination with Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
Education and licensure
I have an MSW degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Texas (64681) and Colorado (9925462). I'm also a Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hour (139839).
I also have a background in education as a community college instructor, and provide educational talks to other clinicians on how to treat Borderline Personality Disorder and how to provide telehealth services.
I have completed additional training in the following areas:
I try to stay active and maintain a yoga practice in addition to going on hikes with my dog (that's her, drooling in front of the waterfall. She's the best).
I also spend a lot of my time doing research - for homework, or for presentations for other therapists.
If I'm not doing any of those things, I'm probably being a nerd and watching historical documentaries on Netflix.