I believe that people do the best they can with the tools and perceptions that they have at any given time. If a behavior or a relationship is not working well, the solution is not to “fix” the people involved, but to discover and examine the thoughts and emotions that are leading to the dysfunction.
My role as counselor will be to provide an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance while helping you to explore and clarify your own perceptions of yourself and of your relationships, with the ultimate goal of developing a better toolset for self-esteem, empathy, and effective communication.
I work primarily with adults and couples. My practice emphasizes client-centered counseling, but I also draw techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and mindfulness practices. As my background includes experience both in the arts and in the computer tech field, I am drawn to both “left-brained” (analytical) and “right-brained” (intuitive/emotional) thinking patterns, and enjoy working with both. My particular areas of interest include anger and stress management, depression, and autism spectrum disorder.
In addition to a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. I enjoy singing, doing handicrafts, watching movies, acting, and adventure travel with my husband of 23 years.