I have over 20 years experience counseling adults and children of all ages. My specialty is children ages 3-12 who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, transition, loss or trauma. I developed this expertise during the 12 years I spent counseling abused children and their families at a local community agency. That experience taught me that, even for children, changing thought patterns is the most effective way to change feelings and behaviors. This approach is comprehensive, evidence-based and effective in addressing a variety of behavioral and emotional difficulties in children and adults.
My educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UT Austin and a Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Additional training includes numerous seminars focusing on play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, ethics and supervision of counseling interns.
I am also an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University where I teach a graduate level play therapy class. In addition I am a published author and frequent conference speaker.
My husband and I live in Dallas where we are members of a local Bible church and enjoy leading a small group. In my free time I enjoy enjoy pampering our cat, working in my flower garden and baking sweet treats for family and friends.