why I became a therapist
I am passionate about helping people who are stuck in depression, anxiety, eating and body image issues because I am recovered from those struggles myself. Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and other food issues are my specialty. I know how hard the journey to freedom from these issues can be, but I also know first-hand that it’s worth it! And I know that you can do it, even if you’re not sure you can.
It’s okay if you don’t totally believe that yet… you just have to dare to hope! And looking for a counselor is the perfect place to start your freedom journey.
I have a Master’s in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Before starting my private practice back up, I worked as a program therapist at Center for Discovery, an outpatient eating disorder clinic in Addison, TX. Prior to that, I worked with kids and teens (and their families) at a mental health day hospital called Innovations Northwest in Keller.
Before moving back to the DFW area a couple of years ago, I was a counselor at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s Connections House, and was a support group leader and volunteer at The Eating Disorder Foundation of Denver. I have over 10 years of experience as an eating disorder mentor, speaker, educator, and advocate. I am also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp), Texas Counselors Association (TCA), and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
my counseling foundations
From a clinic perspective, I draw from several therapeutic models, though I largely work from these three: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). There is some overlap in these models, and they primarily focus on (1) correcting problematic thinking patterns, (2) learning how to regulate emotions, (3) acquiring coping skills, and (4) getting in touch with one’s values. All three of these modalities is empirically based, which means they have been proven by science to be effective!
From a philosophical perspective, I am an anti-diet, Health At Every Size® (HAES)-friendly therapist. That means I do not encourage clients to go on any kind of diet nor do I encourage weight loss. Efforts at intentional weight loss, a.k.a. diets, are well-documented to be ineffective 80-95% of the time, typically resulting in extra weight re-gain, and often having negative physical and emotional consequences. My goal is to help people break free from the bondage of diet culture and their own internal critic so they can finally—maybe for the first time in their lives—call a truce with food and their bodies. It is possible to eat all kinds of foods without guilt and shame!
let’s get personal
Because I know it is daunting to think about telling personal things to a total stranger, let me tell you a bit about me so we can start getting to know each other. My husband and I have been married 6 years and have a mischievous 5-year-old boy and a feisty 1-year-old daughter. We love to fix up our house or be outside, especially working in our garden or playing a sport. Otherwise, you’ll likely find me with my nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand!