Austin Therapist

Therapy with me

Your story helps shape the person you become. While you can't change the past, you can explore your story and the ways in which it defines you.

I aim to help you explore and redefine your story.

I'm an empathic therapist who takes a collaborative approach to therapy. No person is the same, this means no therapy session will be the same. One thing that holds true throughout all sessions is the safe space I create for you to explore and grow. I'm here to hold your story and act as an anchor through your time of exploration. In session, you can always expect humor and an open heart.

Whether you have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, are going through a life transition, wanting to work on your relationship, or anything else that may arise, I'm here to hold space for you.

I have a passion for helping children, adolescents, and adults resolve trauma. Have you or your child experienced an upsetting event or stage of life you've struggled to recover from? Does the event effect day-to-day functioning? Know, there is relief. I aim to help you recover from unresolved trauma by acting as a guide and container through the process. Working through unresolved trauma may be scary. Perhaps you have tried to work through it on your own, but still see it coming up in your day-to-day life. I want you to know, I have been on the other side of the couch and I commend you for getting this far in seeking help. It is not easy. 

I have advanced training in trauma work (advanced trainings listed below) but the base of my work includes holding space for clients to explore, acting as a container to hold your story--no matter the depth, helping you to understand the effect trauma has had on your brain and body, and helping you to hold compassion for yourself to recognize how you have survived, and the ways in which you have thrived thus far.

I have a passion for working with children, teens, adolescents, and their families. Is your child struggling with their emotions? Does your child display a sadness that feels like it could be depression or fear that feels like it could be anxiety? I work with children ages 4 and up on issues including behavior, ADHD, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self harm, trauma resolution, and more. Seeking help for your child can be a difficult decision. As loving parents, we want to believe we have the means to "fix" everything. Sometimes, getting extra help is the most loving thing you can do for your child. I want to work together with you to best help your child.

I help children and teens explore their emotions through play therapy (for my youngest clients), talk therapy,  and other creative means to keep kids engaged. I bring flexibility, playfulness, and creativity to the therapy room--allowing kids to feel comfortable opening up. Therapy with a child is a collaborative process with the family, so I hope you will join in the process.

I have a passion for helping new mothers adjust to motherhood and seasoned mothers deal with the challenges modern motherhood brings. Do the stresses of motherhood seem to outweigh the happiness of motherhood? Are you worried you may be experiencing a perinatal mood disorder? Modern motherhood is a balancing act. Many women make motherhood look easy--even picture perfect--but are struggling on the inside. I want to help you find the joy in motherhood. 

As a mom myself, who struggled with postpartum depression, I understand the disappointment that comes with wanting to enjoy your baby when the days feel like a challenging haze. No matter your story of motherhood, I provide a non-judgmental space. I want to help you explore your existing story of motherhood and look towards the story of motherhood you hope to live. I completed advanced training in maternal mental health (listed below) in order to best serve my prenatal and postpartum clients. Babies in arms are welcome in session and for new moms who can not make it to the office, I offer telehealth and in-home services.

specialties

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Life Transitions

  • Adjustment

  • Self Harming Behaviors

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Maternal Mental Health

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders

  • Pregnancy Loss

  • Infertility

  • Relationship Violence Survivors

  • Sexual Assault Surviviors

Bio

I moved to Austin, TX from Los Angeles, CA after working for a major record label. While I still love music, I lost my passion for the industry after witnessing the poor treatment of artists and employees. I felt a strong calling to help people. 

Following my move to Austin, I found myself immersed in self help books. I realized I enjoyed the psychology behind the books along with the self help aspect. I took a leap of faith and applied for graduate school, where I began my counseling career.

My graduate school internship was with a program for girls and their incarcerated mothers. It was through this program that I developed and honed my passion for working with trauma and enhancing the relationship between children and their mothers. I continue my work with this wonderful program today.

When I'm not in "helper mode" and am practicing my own self care, I enjoy being with my family and friends, and doing toddler-approved activities like the zoo. I also enjoy exploring Austin's music scene, determining the best tacos in town, and listening to true crime podcasts before dark.

Advanced training

  • EMDR Trained

  • EMDR Chid Specialist

  • Somatic Experiencing - Beginning I

  • Somatic Experiencing - Beginning II

  • Maternal Mental Health Intensive - Seleni Institute

  • Gottman Level I

  • Brains in Session

  • Tracking Neural Networks

  • Directive Group Play Therapy

professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association

  • Austin In Connection

  • Southwest Sexual Health Alliance

presentations

  • Boss Babes ATX Community Caucus-Panel Moderator - "On Self Care and Social Justice"

  • Bonding With Baby: An Attachment Workshop for New Parents

features

education

St. Edward's University - M.A. in Counseling - Licensed Professional Counselor - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Loyola Marymount University - B.A. in English - Journalism