The process of counseling is unlike any other. It can be a transformative experience from which I believe everyone can benefit. Throughout different stages of my life, counseling has been a truly beneficial experience where I really grew and developed into the person I am today. I have been fortunate enough to learn throughout my years of practicing from the most important information source: you (my clients). I believe that truly connecting with someone on a deep and real level is transformative. I work hard to understand my clients' full experiences, providing them with a safe environment so they are able to explore what they need to heal. I feel honored to do what I love each day and be a part of this unique experience called counseling. I look forward to continuing this process with you. 

I have been practicing counseling for over 10 years with people of all ages and presenting concerns. I have specialized in working with people who are experiencing anxiety, and completed my dissertation research on play therapy with kids who are anxious. I am one of 20 people in the world who are certified to train child-centered play therapists through the world renowned Center for Play Therapy.




PhD: University of North Texas- Counseling with Play Therapy Specialty 

  • Ranked #1 counseling program in Texas

  • Internationally Distinguished Program in Play Therapy 

  • Dissertation Research- Effects and Mediation of Child-Centered Play Therapy with Young Children who are Anxious

  • Other Research Interests- Anxiety, Play Therapy, Counseling Effectiveness 

  • Awarded Linda E. Homeyer Play Therapy Research Grant

  • Awarded College of Education Research Grant 

  • Recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

Master's: Texas Woman's University- Counseling & Development with Adolescent and Child Specialty

  • Recipient of Ardell R. Helm Scholarship

  • Appointed as Treasurer to counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota, Alpha Rho

Bachelor's: University of Texas at Austin- Psychology with a minor in Education

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude


Received Clinical Training and Supervision in:

  • Play Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Counseling

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Activity Therapy

  • Family Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • Group Counseling 

  • Individual Adults and Adolescents

  • Filial Therapy 

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology


Clinical Areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Attachment


Past Clinical Experience: 

  • Community Agency 

  • Schools

  • University Clinics





  • Play Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Counseling

  • Activity Therapy

  • Sand Tray Therapy 

  • Group Play Therapy

  • Adolescent Counseling

  • Individual Adult Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • Parenting

My mission is to facilitate a process to promote optimal growth and development with my clients across the lifespan. 


Counseling for the Houston area

4010 Bluebonnet

Suite 207

Houston, TX 77025

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