Supervised by Cheryl Willoughby, MA, LPC-S
Life's journey has an interesting way of taking unexpected paths, which sometimes feel more like running into a brick wall while going full speed ahead. In becoming a counselor, I learned so much about myself and my own challenges. I learned ways to find courage and strength from within, which have helped me in my personal life to overcome and shift gears more effectively when those unexpected moments happen. Through play and art, I seek to help children express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a way that will bring greater understanding and healing. I believe my own process enabled me to become a stronger counselor and equipped me with tools to help others in their own growth and healing.
My professional experience includes crisis intervention, community outreach, and solution-focused counseling for all ages. My therapeutic approach includes play and art therapy, cognitive-behavioral strategies, as well as mindfulness. I have always harbored a passion for working with children and their families! As a 21-year military spouse and mentor to other spouses, I have also learned a lot about resilience and transitioning and believe these experiences have helped mold my counseling perspective.
On the personal side, I am married and have three children! I also have a dog and five cats (2 indoors and three strays that adopted me after showing up in my backyard one day!) I spend my spare time gardening, baking, and cooking. I also love to travel to new places, which includes trying out new restaurants and foods. My favorite color is pink, and I like to listen to country music.
Courage and individuality are essential parts of counseling, and I look forward to being by your side throughout your process and growth!
Your child matters! And because your child matters, the quality of therapy received matters greatly! Play Therapy is more than toys added to traditional therapy. It is specialized to meet the developmental needs of little hearts and young minds. We understand that children's brains work differently than adults. Therefore counseling for children should look and feel different. Children often don't have the vocabulary to talk about their inner worlds, but they have the extraordinary ability to share their hopes, dreams, and fears through play. Play is their language and toys are their vocabularies. The nurturing relationship of your child, their play therapist, and select therapeutic toys allow children a safe means to express themselves. At Affinity Counseling Center, We strive to connect with your child in the way they respond to their worlds. Rest assured, in our care, your child's voice will be heard.
Check out the Parents Corner for lots of great resources for parents and caregivers.
Our local branch of the Texas Association for Play Therapy