Licensed Psychotherapist, Owner
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 18 years of experience in the mental health and social services fields. I received my undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Houston, Clear Lake. I am currently completing a doctoral degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. I have extensive experience working in different settings including psychiatric hospitals, medical facilities, community health centers, pediatric clinics, schools, and residential treatment centers. I offered many years to working with children and families through child protective services, rape crisis centers, shelters, neighborhood centers, and adoption centers. I am experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders including PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety including the management of other symptoms that stem from family/ relationship conflict, social difficulties, poor school performance, and violence/ abuse. I am trained in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Parent- Child Interaction, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Couples Therapy and Group Therapy. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at The University of Texas El Paso and then completed my Master's Degree in Social Work at New Mexico State University. I currently hold a license in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and am pursuing my training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Like Beck once said, "If our thinking is bogged down by distorted symbolic meanings, illogical reasoning and erroneous interpretations, we become, in truth, blind and deaf." I truly believe that our thoughts have a big factor in the way we live our lives. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from mental illness or other challenges. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings including hospitals, dialysis centers and behavioral settings. I have provided intensive therapy to high risk clients and counseling services to those in need and worked towards stabilization for all. If you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, we can work together to develop individualized goals by integrating evidence based practice treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Mindfulness based treatment approach. I can assist you to gain a deeper insight and learn strategies to better manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that interfere with your overall functioning and well-being. Contact me today to begin your path to achieving mental wellness and help your journey seem a little less overwhelming. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
I received my undergraduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling & my graduate degree in Human Resource Counseling from East Central University in Oklahoma. I obtained my License in Professional Counseling. I worked with inpatient & outpatient facilities, residential treatment centers, shelters, mobile crisis units, Emergency rooms & juvenile detention centers. I work with children, adolescents & adults experiencing crisis, trauma, & severe mental illness. I worked directly with patients & clients, & have lead & supervised these programs & coordinated & trained many health professionals.I am certified as a Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and a Problematic Sexual Behavioral Adolescent Offender Counselor.
I am a current student at St. Thomas University. I have gained valuable experience as the previous Celt Independent Newspaper Writer/ Interviewer and as the Event Chair for the University's National Society of Leadership and Success. I have learned important skills in the areas of training, research, purchasing , organizing, and interpreting. I enjoy being a part of and learning about different cultures and have been a member of the Asian Culture Club, The Spanish National Honor Society, and the Rotary Interact Club. My hobbies include Tennis and volunteering for agencies including Warriors of the Wild, The Interact Club, The American Red Cross, Christian Helping Hands, my local Church, and The American Cancer Society. I have a passion for helping others and making a positive change one interaction at a time. I am also fluent in English and Spanish.
I have gained valuable experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Winchester Lodge Health Care Center and as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist with Affinity Medical Care. I also gained great knowledge from working with Alvin Independent School District. I currently attend Arizona State University. My skills include Direct Patient Care, Customer Service, Staff and Resident Support, Individual Plan and Goal Evaluation, Data Entry and Customer Satisfaction Inquiry and Survey Implementation. I have great critical thinking and problem solving skills. I treat everyone as an individual and give them the personalized treatment that each person deserves. I am also fluent in English and Spanish.