I am a lifelong learner with a passion for understanding the human experience. I first received my associate degree from North Central Texas College in 2014, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree psychology and philosophy, and a masters degree in counseling from the University of North Texas. While working at Guiding Compass, I will also be pursuing a PhD in counselor education from the University of North Texas.
My primary area of focus is Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) with children between the ages of 3-8 years old. However, I also have experience working with teens and adults, and have received training to work with groups and families. I find Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) to be a particularly fulfilling way of working within the family system. During the pandemic I gained training and experience working through multiple tele-health platforms including phone therapy, video therapy, and group video therapy.
Before joining Guiding Compass, I worked as a child counseling intern at a domestic violence shelter called Denton County Friends of the Family. During this time, I gained experience processing trauma through a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) model for adults. This form of therapy involves exploring maladaptive thought patterns and how they affect daily living. Despite having experience working from a cognitive approach, I primarily view counseling from a holistic Person-Centered perspective. This means I believe that all people have an innate tendency towards growth that is hindered by beliefs inherited from our environment. My approach to counseling is non-directive and seeks only to remove these external barriers to the individual’s growth.
Outside the counseling room I find great meaning in expressive arts, mindfulness, yoga, and athletic training. Though I do not often bring these activities into the therapeutic relationship, I am happy to explore how these interests can be implemented into daily living to supplement counseling. The client is the expert in themselves, and I trust each person to determine what will work best for their growth.