I have found that the most uplifting and healing moments in life occur when we are completely open and exposed to another person and then accepted for who we are. Sometimes we hide our true selves from those around us out of fear of rejection, abandonment, or conflict. Sometimes we hide our true selves from ourselves! In other words, it can be too painful to accept feelings of worthlessness, shame, or insecurity, so we hide our reality and present an identity that seems more acceptable. Through counseling, we form a relationship where you can be seen and understood, not just for who you appear to be, but who you really are beneath the surface.
I view my work as a rebellion against more traditional methods in which the “expert” doctor cracks open your mind and interprets it for you. In my practice, your emotions are upheld as valid and sacred material that should be experienced in totality. I approach change at the raw, emotional, and existential core of an individual because I believe internal truths will always supersede the objective knowledge or techniques that the counselor brings to therapy. You are the expert on your own life.
Background and Experience
I began my counseling career in college, volunteering at a counseling center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Throughout graduate school, I worked at
the University’s clinic seeing college students with anxiety and depression. Then, I spent my internship at a residential treatment center, providing therapy for people who experienced substance abuse, complex trauma, and PTSD. In 2018 I graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. Now, I see clients out of a cozy office in South Austin.
I am a secular therapist, meaning I do not insert any faith or religious value system into the therapeutic process. I embrace skepticism, doubt, and existential questions in my work and in my life. Atheists, agnostics, and those in a period of spiritual and existential questioning--welcome! I love the skeptics, critical thinkers, and philosophers out there! Click here for more information about Who I See.
I have led art groups and would love to incorporate expressive arts into our work together if that is something that interests you.