Areas of Therapy Specialization
Adjusting to life transitions/stress
Improving happiness & emotional well-being
Third party reproduction (donor egg/sperm, donor embryo, gestational surrogacy)
Traumatic birth and supporting parents through the NICU experience
Postpartum Depression- perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
Parenting support for children with meltdowns/tantrums or learning/behavioral challenges
Most of us are faced with challenges in life. Sometimes these challenges become overwhelming. Other times, we notice a pattern repeating itself that seems destructive or unhealthy. By seeking a therapist, you are indicating you are ready to seek change and find a path towards increased happiness, life satisfaction, and/or coping strategies. While it is easy to follow the path of least resistance or to do what we are used to doing, you are taking the time and making the effort to implement a new direction in your life.
I view therapy as a partnership in which a combination of identifying your strengths and finding new strategies to overcome your struggles is key. In therapy, I utilize a variety of strategies to reach the goals that you help identify. Recent research in neuroscience has indicated that our brains are able to change. Even well-established patterns of thinking and behavior can be modified to more adaptive ways of thinking and acting.
Finding a therapist who can understand your needs and with whom you feel connected is of primary importance. When you choose a therapist, it is essential that you feel at ease, that your therapist understands your concerns, and that you are comfortable with treatment goals and methods. As such, establishing a strong relationship will be my first goal in our work together. It is important to me that I help you identify strengths and then use a range of strategies including relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solutions-oriented therapy to address your individual needs.
I work with young adults and adults with a range of struggles, including adjustment to life stressors, anxiety, depression, and ADHD/ADD. I also have experience and am passionate about working with individuals and couples struggling with infertility, who may be exploring assistive reproduction technology (e.g., intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg/sperm, gestational surrogacy) and/or adoption. I am also passionate about helping couples prepare to be new parents and in helping parents through consultation about difficulties they may be experiencing (ranging from postpartum depression/perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to positive disciplinary methods to dealing with tantrums).
B.A. – 1993, Trinity University
M.A. – 1998, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. – 2002, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Psychologist, Texas #33213
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Resolve National Infertility Association: Professional Member
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA)
Texas Psychological Association
Capital Area Psychological Association