I like to think of life as something like a board game. We get to make choices like whether to be the Scotty dog or the thimble in Monopoly. We make decisions like whether or not to bounce someone back to start in “Sorry!” But along the way, we roll the dice. Sometimes, things go exactly as we like it, and you roll 5 of a kind, Yahtzee! Other times, it doesn’t go that way, and we land on Boardwalk, where someone else has already built a hotel.
Just as in games, the ups and downs of life affect us all in very different ways. Our strategies and the way we move through the world are different for everyone. Sometimes though, we reach an impasse that we don’t know how to move through to keep playing a game we enjoy. That’s where I come in. I became a counselor because people are my passion. I like talking to people, and I like listening to people. More than anything, I want to be there to help people in need move through the troubling times in their lives and equip them with the tools to be successful on their own in the future.
As a counselor, I believe very much in the relationship between your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. How you think about the world plays a huge role in how you move through it. But sometimes, our experiences change the way we think about the world, feel about it, and act in it to the extent that we don’t enjoy it anymore. This extends to our view of ourselves as well. An accurate view of who we believe ourselves to be affect who we are to others. I also greatly enjoy teaching clients about relationship issues, coping skills, mental health, and other related topics. After all, you can’t play the game well if you don’t get a set of rules.
I have experience working with a broad range of individuals, most of whom have struggled to move through the world. I have worked mainly with individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system. I have worked in the prison system in Texas as a mental health provider in county jail and provided counseling for people on probation/parole. These experiences have taught me that struggle does not discriminate, and all people have the power to change the way they interact with the world if they want to. All most people need is a helping hand.
Outside of counseling, I spend a lot of time with my husband and my precious dog. I have a great passion for food and eating all the various cuisines the world has to offer, even if I’m not sure what I’m eating. I am a voracious reader and am often seen in the mornings drinking coffee and reading a book. I also enjoy playing board games (go figure).