Health & Wellness
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Texas at San Antonio with an emphasis on the neurological and biological components of human development and health psychology in 2010. Graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College in 2014 (CACREP accredited program) with a unique emphasis on the role of spirituality in the healing and growth process.
Pursued additional post-master's training to develop professional repertoire. Trained in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy by the Wellness Institute. Completed both 12-hour and 40-hour Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainings. Additional training in trauma-work: specifically working with addicted survivors of trauma, as well as processing trauma through the lenses of body-work, neuroscience, and spirituality.
Completed 200-hour yoga instructor training and certification program at Easton Yoga School. Trained in the utilization of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation as clinical interventions through University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.
Clinical mental health professional since 2011, and master's level professional beginning in 2013. Experience providing clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling in inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic, community/home-based , and crisis settings. Experience working with people across the lifespan from children and adolescents, to young adults and older adults. Previous experience at a mental health hospital in inpatient and community-based settings, drug and alcohol detox/rehab hospital, methadone clinic, LGBT specialty health clinic, as well as Crisis Interventions alongside San Antonio Police Department providing emergency services during suicidal and homicidal crises.
Currently licensed by the State of Texas as a Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Counseling begins by taking a complete biopsychosocial background to gather history and information, developing a treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs, and working together to create the shared soulspace needed to heal current problems and move towards growth, happiness and wholeness. My foundational approach to therapy is Gestalt therapy, into which I interweave eclectic therapeutic techniques drawn from traditional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Third-Wave CBT (using mindfulness, meditation, and techniques taken from Eastern psychology), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, art therapy, experiential therapies, transpersonal psychology techniques, and Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy.
It would be an honor to take this journey into the self, into your relationships with others, and the realm of Spirit by sharing soulspace with you.