A Bit About my Personal Life
I feel that it's helpful to know a little about a therapist and what is important to them in making the decision of whether that person is the right fit for you.
When I got married fourteen years ago, I not only gained a husband but three daughters (then ages one, two, and four). I understand first-hand that families come in all shapes and sizes and that biology is not the only thing that ties family to one another. I also understand that life is messy and that our closest relationships in life have a big impact on how we view the world, ourselves, and our expectations on how others will respond to us.
My passion is truly to help people learn to be vulnerable with those who matter most in their lives. I feel that only in doing so are we able to have genuine and authentic relationships with others.
I hold a Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Director of Auburn Therapy. I have been a Co-Director and Director of Auburn Therapy for the past seven years and have lived in Auburn for the past fourteen years with my husband, three daughters, and three sons.
Prior to running a private practice, I worked with incarcerated teenage boys for six years. During this time, I worked with adolescents incarcerated for sexual offending and conducted individual, group, and family therapy with teenagers and their families. I also assisted in conducting a multi-family therapy group for teenage boys and their families for over six years.
I use an Emotion-Focused approach to treatment and believe that my role as a therapist is to assist clients in becoming more open about their experiences and learning healthier ways to manage and express their emotions. In doing so, I believe people create more genuine and nurturing connections with others in their lives.
I work with individuals, couples, or the family as a whole and am experienced in assisting people of all ages, from early adolescence to adulthood, in working through difficulties or traumatic events. I believe problems arise because of unhealthy interactions between people rather than as a flaw of one or both people in the relationship and am especially passionate about working with couples, married or in a committed relationship.