Carlee is an actor, singer, and dancer turned counselor. Music was her first language, and as such, she has spent most of her life involved in the arts. From sports to music to dance to acting, Carlee has done it all. After graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and a minor in Education from Abilene Christian University, Carlee taught in the public school system for five years. She taught special education and theatre for 7th and 8th graders. She loved spending time with such a unique subset of the population and really enjoyed encouraging them to get out of their comfort zones and make art.
In the classroom, Carlee noticed that many students were struggling socially and emotionally because junior high can be a rough season. Carlee noticed that kids and preteens were doing the best they knew how—and what they did what was modeled for them. Some kids (and adults!) struggle to deal with their emotions in a healthy way. Carlee decided she wanted to help end this cycle by working with children, adolescents, and young adults and equipping them to handle whatever may come their way.
These experiences in the classroom led to Carlee pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas at Dallas. Carlee believes that all people long to be heard and understood and that it can be helpful to have someone to walk alongside you in a season of growth. Carlee believes that all people exist in unique contexts and she strives to enter into the world of the client and walk alongside him, her, or them.
When she’s not working with clients, Carlee can be found riding bikes with her husband while wearing her dog, Tallulah Lou, in a backpack. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, running, singing, dancing, and acting in local musicals and plays.