About Me

I have been in practice for over 25 years and meet with clients in person in the Houston area as well as virtually.

I am formally educated as a Psychotherapist & certified as a Life Coach. The knowledge base and experience I have had as a therapist has afforded me a solid base in understanding human behaviors and emotions. Psychological research and theory offer strategies that help my clients better understand and manage key areas in their lives. The coaching model presents some of the most effective tools I have found in addressing the critical role our thinking plays in each of our life circumstances. Finding what works to serve my clients in making the changes in their lives that are important for them is what drives my practice.

I am currently entering my 2nd year of a PhD program in psychodynamic psychotherapy with a focus on neuropsychological development and trauma theory.  After so many years of practice I wanted to better understand the experience I have had working with clients and to incorporate developments in theory and practice into my work going forward.  It has already been well worth the time investment, and I am inspired to share what I am learning in my work with my clients, through clinical consultation and in my blog, Both Sides of the Couch.

Initially, I attended the University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate work. I received a BA in Psychology as well as in Art History. My research experience and primary focus was around human development.

I was accepted to the University of Houston for graduate work in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on Mental Health and Children & Families where I was able to start working with clients through DePelchin Child and Family Services and West Oaks Psychiatric Hospital. Post gradation I worked for Cypress Creek Psychiatric Hospital, Texas Children’s Cancer Center before establishing my own practice in 1997.

In 2007 I began to learn about Life Coaching tools. I appreciated the application that they offered me personally but also as a tool I could offer my clients. For several years I read and attended workshops by leaders in the industry and in 2012 decided to participate in formal training and have since become certified.

I have been trained in and continue to work with clients of all ages. I appreciate being connected to the full range of our developmental experience. Over the years I have seen clients both in the Woodlands and Houston and have recently expanded to be able to work with clients in any geographical location via phone, Face Time & Telehealth sessions.

I live in Houston with my husband and our two sweet Labs and tabby cat. We have two young adult daughters pursuing their dreams and are adjusting into empty nesting.  I love be outside especially swimming & hiking. I am constantly reading and learning about interesting new ideas that reflect the issues clients bring in to see me and am committed to finding the best possible solutions to helping my clients live their best lives.