- Bachelors of Science in Social Work
- Masters of Science in Social Work
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas License #55664
I am a local therapist, in practice for 6 years in Austin. I have a deep conviction that people have an ability to heal and are worth the effort to do so. I hold that change and healing are created through building healthy relationships and in believing in our own self-worth. I have primarily worked with people in crises, seeking meaning, connection, and in need of effective coping strategies. With them, I have assisted families with issues ranging from education of mental illness to relationship-building.
I challenge my clients to honor the battles they are facing while reaching out for support. I utilize the mind-body connection, DBT skills, and our working relationship to build trust and offer insight for my clients. I hold space in a safe, authentic environment, while challenging the ideas or behaviors that no longer serves my clients. I balance gentle listening with actively challenging client's behavior.
As a social worker at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, I worked with children, adolescents, and their families with every issue that precipitates hospitalization. This setting taught me about people's resilience and willingness, despite crises, trauma, and pain. With adults in outpatient therapy, I have addressed issues of belonging, depression, relationships and challenging life transitions. During my education, I worked at other levels of care - a partial hospitalization program and residential treatment facility. Through my experience across different programs, I recognize that each have value in helping people navigate their issues - from addictions and aggression to suicidality and low self-esteem. I work alongside my clients to help them navigate the balance between acceptance and change, while teaching the skills we all need to build on our inherent strength and worthiness.