My purpose in presenting this personal disclosure statement to you is to acquaint you with both my background and theoretical approach to the counseling process. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and board supervisor in the State of Texas. I am also a Certified Sexologist through The American College of Sexologists International. I have experience with individual, family, and group work in both community mental health settings and partial hospitalization programs. I adhere the state regulations for Licensed Professional Counselors, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethcis, and the NBCC Code of Ethics.
My vitae is available for download at the bottom of this page.
B.A., Psychology, University of Oklahoma, 1995
M.A., Community Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2013
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (License Number 65055)
Certified Sexologist, The American College of Sexologists International
Applied Clinical Nutritionist, Texas Chiropractic College
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
Brainspotting, Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute
Breath as Medicine, Medfit Education Foundation
Past and Current Positions
Kerrville State Hospital
Healthy Families San Antonio
Telecare Mental Health Services
Solara Behavioral Health Services
La Paz Communtity Health Center
Center For Health Care Services
A Healing Alternative Counseling and Wellness Center, LLC
Areas of Experience Include
Individual, family, and group therapy in both community mental health and partial hospitalization program settings. I specialize in working with individuals with severe, chronic mental illness and individuals with co-occurring disorders. I have several years experience as a case manager with these same individuals.
I have extensive training in trauma informed care (Cognitive Processing Therapy [CPT], TF-CBT [Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy], Prolonged Exposure [PE], Seeking Safety, and Brainspotting [an evidence based treatment that combines EMDR with Somatic Experiencing]). If your therapeutic work involves trauma recovery, one of these treatment modalities may be of benefit to you.
I don't believe in long term, intensive therapy in most cases.
If you are in my office every week for months on end that makes me a pretty bad therapist.
Let's get things figured out to a point that you need therapy as infrequently as possible. Or nevermore.
"I'm doing great and don't need to see you again" is my favorite thing to hear EVER.
But, as a side note? I've worked with many amazing people who have found that longer term therapy has become an important part of their wellness plan. If you are one of those people, I'm happy to work with you for as long as you feel you are benefiting from services. I never kick you out! The important thing is for you to feel empowered to make that decision for yourself, rather than have me make it for you.
I am relationally trained, trauma informed, solution focused, and practical, practical, practical. Therapy is an amazing tool but NOT intended to be a crutch.
I believe in a wellness perspective within the counseling process, rather than a medical model. If you need a diagnosis for the purpose of further treatment or insurance reimbursement, we can discuss what would be most appropriate for you. However, this will not be my primary focus.
Many of the tools that we may explore in that process can include distress tolerance skills; mindfulness techniques; the exploration of feelings, cognitions, and behaviors; and expressive techniques such as journaling, art, and music.
If you believe I have acted unethically in any way, you may report your complaint to:
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Complaints Management and Investigative Section
P.O. Box 141369
Austin, Texas 78714-1369
or call 1-800-942-5540 to request the appropriate form or obtain more information.
Would you like to learn more about my services?
For the privacy of my clients, I manage my own schedule, therefore I am typically able to reply faster if you send me an email . Additionally, I strive to return phone calls within 24-48 hours and can be reached at 210 705-2121.
Please be aware that I use a fax to email service that will convert faxed documents to a PDF format and send them to my office email.
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8603 Crownhill Suite 27
San Antonio, TX 78209
The CID Building
(behind Taco Palenque and The Magic Time Machine)