Couple and Family Therapy
One of my true passions is working with people in relationships. My focus in relationship counseling is on improving communication and problem-solving skills, understanding relationship patterns, and increasing empathy and emotional engagement towards one another, which, in turn, improves the sense of connection between partners.
I began training in Couple and Family Therapy during my Master’s program at Lamar University in 2003. I then furthered my training in couple and family psychology through UNT’s specialty track in Couple and Family Therapy during my doctoral training. I also became the teaching fellow for that training track, allowing me to receive additional training in couple and family assessment and therapy as well as supervision on training others.
During my Predoctoral and Postdoctoral training at the Dallas VA Medical Center I treated Veteran couples and families with a wide variety of concerns. Following licensure, I became the primary supervisor for the Couple and Family Postdoctoral fellowship at the Dallas VA Medical Center and received couple and family counseling referrals hospital-wide. I truly enjoy this treatment modality and have treated couples and families with issues such as step-parenting concerns, parent/child conflict, divorce, infidelity, intergenerational conflict, infertility, chronic medical illness, adjustment to retirement, trauma, loss, etc.
Infertility, Reproductive Trauma, Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
I became interested in infertility when I experienced my own unexpected difficulties starting a family; giving me a deep personal understanding of fertility struggles. I understand the emotional, medical, psychological and relational aspects of infertility and pregnancy. I am a professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the International Society for Perinatal Mental Health, and RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. I provide education, psychological counseling, and support to individuals and couples who would like help coping with the many stressors associated with:
- Miscarriage and stillbirth
- Donor technology
- Multiple and complicated births
- Premature births
- Postpartum adjustment difficulties
Treatment of Trauma
I have considerable expertise in the treatment of trauma(s). During my Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dallas VA Medical Center, I worked extensively with individuals, couples, and families, dealing with these issues. I have been trained in the gold-standard treatments of trauma, Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I have also created several therapy groups for Veterans suffering from combat trauma.
Severe Emotion Dysregulation
Emotion dysregulation can be manifested in a number of ways such as self-harm behavior, suicidal thinking, substance abuse, and other impulsive behavior. I have developed considerable experience in assisting individuals who have difficulties with emotion dysregulation through utilization of mindfulness-based practice and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I was trained as part of a DBT therapy team at the Dallas VA Medical Center by the experts at Behavioral Tech. LLC, which was founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT.