Therapist | Speaker
I am a licensed psychologist who wears many hats including therapist, speaker, wife and mother. At the end of our time together whether in a therapy session or at the end of a workshop, you should be able to say that you invested in your wellness while I served as a guide in that process. The outcome of which should be clear examples of personal empowerment and measurable growth.
I provide evidence-based treatments for those pursuing therapy which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness-Based Approaches. Science and research guide my work, but I believe healing can occur in many ways. Culturally-responsive care is a priority. In all of my roles, I strive for authentic connection. I intentionally hold space for rest and renewal in my life, so I can be fully engaged and practice what I preach. I sprinkle in a bit of humor and wit as I can. We can connect virtually or in person.
I grew up all over the world as both of my parents were in the military. We eventually settled in Texas. I went to school for what feels like 100 years. In that time, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
I loved Austin, Texas so much, I decided to stick around for graduate school and obtained my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
My training continued with a clinical health psychology internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas.
At the start of my clinical career I primarily practiced in larger medical settings and hospital systems. Desiring more creativity and ownership over my work, I stepped into entrepreneurship and launched my own private practice. Outside of my work, I spend a lot of time with my husband, daughter, and pup.
Work & Presentations
Baddies Talk Back: (in)fertility: Breast Cancer and the Baby Making Blues. Guest speaker for a virtual round table on navigating fertility after a breast cancer diagnosis, hosted by organization For the Breast of Us, 2021.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cancer. Presentation focused on mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques for those impacted by cancer at the Cancer Support Community North Texas, 2019.
Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Grand round presentation for the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White-Plano, 2018.
Sleep and Weight Loss: Sleep’s Effect on Health and How to Improve It. Presentation focused on sleep presented at the Weight Loss Surgery Support Group at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano, 2017.
Stress Management for Women. Presentation presented at the Program for Aging Gracefully at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano, 2017.
Walking patients through the depression pathway: AFW QI project to improve depression care. Symposium presented at the Colorado Residency PCMH Project Learning Collaborative, Golden, CO, 2016.