I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Psychology in 2007 (Whoop!), masters degree from the University of Texas at Permian Basin in Clinical Psychology in 2009, and my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in 2015. During my doctorate program, I completed practicums at schools, community centers, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics and completed my internship with a focus in health psychology at a VA Hospital. I went on to complete a post-doctorate residency/fellowship in health and geriatric psychology at a VA hospital. I then worked at a VA hospital for 5 years before transferring to a telehealth practice in 2021.
I have a passion for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues. My specialized training in health and geriatric issues and DEI work combined with training across the lifespan, helps to consider development, culture and systems, health/medical issues, and life transitions in addition to evidenced-based treatments in therapy.
I led groups that focused on Race-Based Stress and Trauma as well as LGBT+ Health issues. My approach to therapy integrates parts of my personality (such as being direct, open, inquisitive, and approaching from the stance of learning) with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework to address issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress management. With the combination of training, life experiences, and using evidenced-based approaches, when appropriate, I am able to assist with issues from adjustment to new mental or physical health diagnoses to chronic conditions, such as: sleep problems, problems with trust and relationship concerns, weight concerns, and assistance making difficult behavior and healthy lifestyle changes.
Focus Areas include: Anger/Stress Management, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain, Depression, Geriatrics, Grief/Loss, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Minority Health, Racial Identity, Self Esteem/Worth, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Trauma/PTSD, Women’s Issues, Work Stress