“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk
I am a trauma focused therapist. I love holding space for people who have experienced the emotional pain of trauma. My clients usually include first responders, active duty military and veterans, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault and family members of people who died by suicide or homicide. I believe these are the people I was called to serve.
As a therapist, I am supportive, easy to talk to and knowledgeable. Our relationship is a collaborative one and I will facilitate and support you in your journey to heal. I will not give advice or tell you what I think you should do because I believe you are the expert in your life and only you know what's best for you.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge or trauma and trauma intervention. I like to have a variety of tools to assist my clients with their individual needs. There are many paths to healing and together we will determine which is best for you.
I received my BS in Criminal Justice from UNT and my MS in Social Work from UTA. I have been practicing social work for almost twenty years. I've worked in community mental health, law enforcement, hospitals, substance use treatment and with active duty military.