I grew up in South Texas with all the wonderful and diverse cultures that Texas has to offer. I was afforded the opportunity to experience both traditional schooling as well as homeschooling. I have experienced the challenges and supports of both types of education. For several years during my adolescence, I was able to travel to various destinations to work and volunteer. I’m guessing this is when I began to realize that I was put on this earth to help people.
I honestly don’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t trying to help people. My earliest memories were in a soup kitchen at our church and my experiences have just continued to grow from there. As I grew into adulthood, the urge to help was intrinsic and so I began a career at Cedar Lake Lodge as their Art Program Manager after graduating from U of L with a Mixed Media Art degree. I spent nearly 8 years learning and growing there. I assisted individuals with IDD in the creative process so that they could communicate and share their talents with their families. During that time, I chose to return to Graduate School to become an Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor.
After graduating with a Master's Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Art Therapy, I began working at a local hospital. While working there I began to explore private practice and began to create a healing space where people of all cultures, ages and developmental abilities can come to feel secure and supported. I am blessed to be able to diversify my practice to remain working there in a different capacity. I am blessed to be able to diversify my practice to remain working there in a different capacity.
I will be the one to stand in your corner and encourage you. I will also be the one to stand beside you in the mirror and say the hard things that sometimes must be said. This process and journey is not about me. It is about you. There is no magic pill I can give you to change your circumstance. It will take work Sometimes it will be really hard work and sometimes it won’t be as hard as you imagine it to be. But it will be work for BOTH of us because this is a therapeutic relationship and relationships take communication, trust and hard work.
I designed my space specifically to be used in many different fashions to integrate different modes of therapy. Every person believes differently, thinks different, speaks differently and behaves differently. For this reason my space is a safe space of neutrality where you can be free to be who you are now so you become who you want to be in the future. There is no judgement here.