My Specialties include:
Couples – Marriage Counseling – Most often, couples come to see me because of “difficulty communicating with one another”. More times than not, I find there are other concerns in the relationship. I will work hard, along with you, to restore the loving relationship you once shared. I have worked alongside couples since 2006. I am trained in Level 1 and 2 in the Gottman Relationship Therapy approach. Drs. John and Julie Gottman have done extensive research and have written many books on the success of marriages. Their approach to marriage counseling is based on years of scientific research.
Most of my work with couples includes:
Pre-Marital Counseling – Pre-marital counseling is typically 8-10 weeks, 1 hr per week, and includes sessions that cover all the necessary topics relating to marriage.
Topics will include: effective communication, conflict resolution, roles in marriage, managing money, responsibilities, intimacy, families and family of origin influences.
Rapid Recovery Marriage Counseling – 12 hours of intense therapy using John Gottman approach to therapy. The 12-hour counseling will be covered over a period of two 6-hour days with a break for lunch. Focus will be interactive and tools will be provided for you to take home. Topics covered: recovering from affairs, conflict resolution, communication, family of origin, healing from past hurts, friendship renewal, intimacy and other topics deemed necessary for improvement of relationship. Also required is the online Gottman Relationship Assessment for an additional cost of $79.00 (must be completed prior to counseling). 1/2 Payment is required when scheduled and other 1/2 at the beginning of counseling.
Adults – I work with adults on a variety of issues. Please know that I will augment most of my sessions with homework. I will commit to walking along side you on your journey to a more hopeful place.
Women – I truly have a passion for working with women of all ages. I believe that my own personal experiences enables me to have empathy for many issues that women face. I love helping women reach their true potential as well as letting go of past baggage that may be holding you back from becoming who you were created to be.
Men – Throughout my years of counseling men, I have developed great respect for men and the roles they have in our lives. I have often found that the responsibilties men feel can be great. Whether you feel disrespected, misunderstood, or just not sure what your role is, then I can help you become the man you want to be.
Young Adults – Young adulthood is a challenging and an ever-fast changing time in a person’s life. Many adjustment issues become the focus of these crucial years. I work with young adults and help them learn how to cope with the changing times. My focus is to help you feel secure again with who you are and with the direction you want to go.
Some other areas of expertise are: adjustment disorders, anxiety, bereavement, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, co-dependency, depression, faith issues, first responders, job issues, life changes, loneliness, loss, occupational problems, panic attacks, pre-marital counseling, relationship problems, self-defeating behaviors, self-esteem/self-confidence, sexual abuse, social anxiety, social phobia, stress, workplace issues, and worry.
My personal beliefs about counseling: I offer a non-judgmental attitude with the ability to listen and respond in an empathetic manner.
I augment most sessions with homework so that you can get the most out of your sessions.
I believe the counseling process is one of self-discovery and growth.
I believe in the sanctity of marriage and family and will do everything possible to assist in restoring broken relationships.
I believe that one’s spirituality can be a source of inner strength.
I believe that one can change his/her thinking in order to change behavior and emotions.
My counseling approach is a direct approach helping you find a solution to your problems.
I believe Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective approach to counseling and will introduce this to most of my clients. CBT’s basic belief is that our thoughts directly impact how we feel and how we feel will impact our behavior. Feel free to click on below link to learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Other theories of counseling are also incorporated in the counseling process, dependent upon the needs of my clients.
To learn more about the Profession of Counseling, please visit the Texas Department of Human Services website.
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