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Thank you for taking the time to read about me! I'd like to first inform you about my qualifications. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in the state of Texas. I earned my master's degree in counseling from the University of Houston - Victoria after obtaining a bachelor's degree in sociology, with minors in Spanish and Russian. I also recently completed requirements for an additional certification in distance counseling, allowing me to ethically provide psychotherapy through the use of technology. To find out more and to verify my credentials, please click here or go to "My Credentials."
I can honestly say that being a therapist has been the most fulfilling career I ever could have dreamed of because the connection I develop with clients is meaningful, warm, and genuine. My journey to become a psychotherapist began during an undergraduate internship at a rape crisis center. I accompanied and provided support to those who needed to undergo sexual assault exams at the hospital, and I quickly realized that holding a stranger's hand (both literally and metaphorically) during a difficult time felt natural and meaningful. I soon found work as an advocate at an agency for survivors of domestic violence in my hometown of Houston, where listening to clients' stories helped me realize how powerful and important it is for people to talk about their experiences. After close to a year of working at the agency, I decided I needed to become a licensed therapist. To accommodate the busy schedule I knew was coming and to gain more varied experience, I made the switch to become a telephone crisis counselor at a mental health helpline. Here, my choice in career was reaffirmed. After a practicum at an intensive outpatient clinic where I worked with groups of adolescents and adults dealing with severe psychiatric conditions, addiction issues, and general mental health issues, I then gained experience at another outpatient psychiatric facility where I worked exclusively with children and adolescents. I worked over three years at a private pain management clinic, where I frequently counseled those suffering from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental, while my theoretical perspective draws from mindfulness and compassion meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and existential-humanistic theory. I am body-positive, which means that I believe every single body, regardless of size, shape, gender, age, capabilities, or health status, is a wonderful body, and deserves love and appreciation. I truly enjoy assisting others learn how to love themselves and get the most out of their lives. Through my own journey from depression and self-hatred to happiness and self-love, I learned that embracing and loving myself exactly as I am allows me to be so much more compassionate, appreciative, and loving towards not only myself, but everyone I meet. I genuinely believe that each and every one of us is deserving of love and respect, and that we are all capable of leading a full and happy life, regardless of our circumstances.
I hope that you will join me on a journey of healing, insight, love, and compassion!