I received my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy) in Chicago, IL. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
I was initially licensed in Illinois in 2000 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have experience working in numerous settings with clients from all socioeconomic levels, many cultural backgrounds, and ages ranging from toddlers to seniors. I worked in Child Welfare in Chicago, Illinois for 10 years serving to reunify families who were mandated to treatment. I have also held the role as a therapist in a substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago in their intensive outpatient program that served the indigent population. During my time in a private agency, I had the opportunity to provide clinical services to individuals, couples, and families to address depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marital and family dysfunction/issues.
I became licensed in Texas in 2006 and, at that time, served at the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center with homeless clientele to address issues that resulted in homelessness. I provided substance abuse counseling and developed a domestic violence program for women. My clinical experience has also included work in a pain depression management program, EAP-specific services to employees, and crisis stabilization. The opportunity to work in Utilization Management for the last 9 years was incredibly rewarding as I was tasked with helping to connect clients to both outpatient and inpatient treatment.
Each position I’ve held during my career has afforded me valuable learning experiences, both personally and professionally.
My goal is to work collaboratively with clients and to remind them they have the resources necessary for change. Small changes often lead to bigger changes. Although every situation is very unique, we will work together to identify challenges and goals. Clients take an active role in therapy, and I believe in respecting their points of view. I pride myself on my flexibility and adaptability having provided effective treatment for a varied client base who present with an array of clinical issues.
Therapy with Me
I have learned that the foundation for effective therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. Healthy relationships are best formed through trust and emotional safety. In my approach to clients, I work to first establish a rapport and connection wherein clients can feel free to share their story. I personally know the value of the therapeutic process with a trusted therapist. I also draw upon this experience in working with my clients.
I utilize various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, solution-focused, family systems, and client centered approaches. I am mindful of how my approach to the work of therapy helps facilitate transition, growth, and symptom relief for my clients. I also believe in the value of building trust and rapport with those I meet, and I am committed to the well-being and needs of my clients.
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, and I have resided in the Humble area for the past 14 years. I work part-time at as a program therapist at Kingwood Pines Psychiatric Hospital. Outside the therapy room, I indulge in my passion for animals. I enjoy volunteering in animal shelters, and I have active involvement in dog rescuing and adoption. In my free time, I like to work out and spend time with my family and dogs.
Rates and Insurance
$80 per session
$100 per session
I am an in-network provider with the following insurance panels:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
- Cigna Behavioral Health
I am currently considered an “out-of-network provider” for all other health insurance plans. This means that if we work together, you will be required to pay for services in each session, and I will give you a superbill which you may use to seek reimbursement from your insurance company, however, we cannot guarantee whether your insurance company will provide reimbursement. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. If you have questions about your coverage, be sure to discuss them with your plan administrator or your human resources officer.
Cash, Check (made payable to West Lake Houston Counseling), Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Spending Accounts (HSA).
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. Otherwise, you will be charged for the full rate of the session as a professional time commitment has been designated specifically for you.