I believe it is important to focus on your agenda for change. We work together to identify what is needed to make the changes that you want to make. My approach to therapy is active — both in identifying areas you want to change and developing tools or skills to make those changes. To me, therapy is a setting where we learn to do things differently and/or view things differently. I do not believe in a one size fits all approach. In my 30 years of practice I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of people with varied issues and have learned from each one of them.
I am very experienced and interested in the following areas:
If you have trouble communicating with your partner, repeat the same arguments over and over, and have trouble getting your needs met you can learn methods that have proven effectiveness in correcting these patterns.
Do you feel keyed up and have trouble relaxing? Do you have sudden periods when you feel your heart racing, dizziness, trouble breathing, sweaty palms, accompanied by feeling very afraid that something is wrong? Anxiety and panic attacks are very common. There are research-based techniques for correcting these problems that anyone can learn.
Do you experience a persistent low mood, have trouble enjoying things you used to enjoy, have low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, low energy, and changes in sleep and appetite? Clinical depression is effectively treated with cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT).
Life Transitions such as divorce, career change, or loss of a loved one, are often a stressful time for people. Therapy can help you move through life changes in healthy and effective ways.
If you have a high level of stress in your life, which often leads to negative effects on your mind and body, you can learn tools for effectively diminishing the unhealthy results of stress.
Meditation and Mindfulness Training are proven techniques for dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. It is now a scientifically studied practice with many insights from brain scan studies of neurological functioning.
Differential Diagnosis of Complex Cases. I am open to novel or unique issues that do not easily fit into typical categories.
B.S. Psychology, Illinois State University; Masters Degree, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University; Doctorate Degree, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University; Residency in Clinical Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine; Licensed: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists; Member: American Psychological Association
Married for 30 years. 3 Adult Children. Dog lover, 3 German Shepherds. Love cooking, eating, and playing guitar. Physically active- completed many marathons and ultramarathons. Practiced martial arts most of my life. Currently active competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Currently IBJJF world champion in the brown belt Master 6 division.
Why not start the journey today?
Feel free to contact me today to discuss your needs and determine if we are a good match. I am happy to speak with you prior to scheduling an appointment to address any questions you might have.