I am a mother of 3 boys, ages 20, 22, and 25. I truly enjoyed every minute of raising them, even the hard moments. My oldest was probably the easiest! He is now married and in Seattle with his wife. My middle son is my nephew that I raised. My youngest is the fireball who has DiGeorge syndrome. It was challenging many times, but I have been his advocate through his entire life and still am to this day. I am now an empty nester with just my sweet dog Dixon, an American Eskimo.
I love theatre, sailing and writing. I acted from an early age throughout college. I have directed one small community play since living in the Dallas area. I am from Abilene, TX and have lived in the Dallas area for 23 years. I was a Fine Arts major and was a photographer for 17 years. I photographed many weddings and love the emotion and depth of personality that is shown in families and couples who are getting married. I also volunteered my services to an organization that helps single moms with children get back on their feet. I truly enjoyed photographing and videoing each of those families and hearing their stories and seeing their growth. My advisor in college suggested that I consider changing my major to psychology, but I did not at that time.
I went back to school for an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2016. I decided to pursue my graduate degree in counseling for my LPC after receiving my undergraduate degree in psychology. I have raised my boys while working and trying to balance life, school, and work. It’s been a tough, but a rewarding journey. I went through a tough divorce while getting my undergraduate degree. There were many times that I wanted to give up, but I pushed myself to continue. The further along I got in school, and the more I learned about myself through the psychology courses I took, the more I wanted to succeed. I am now finishing up with graduate school and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This has been life changing for me. I have a passion for helping people find their inner strength, their self-worth, and courage to grow.
I work as a behavioral technician, doing behavioral therapy with children that have Autism. It has been an incredible, rewarding experience. The skills and knowledge that I’ve gained are different than counseling but compliments it in many ways. I have counseled adolescents and adults. My areas of strength are depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-harm, stress management, life transitions, and working with children on the spectrum.