Connecting with teens may seem impossible, but it isn’t. One of the most essential qualities for a teen therapist is patience. Adolescents are often experiencing a wide range of emotions and may not always be able to articulate their thoughts and feelings clearly. A therapist needs to be able to listen actively and patiently without jumping to conclusions or imposing their own beliefs or values. Adolescents are constantly changing and growing, and their needs and challenges may shift over time. I am able to adjust my approach as needed and be open to trying different strategies and techniques.
One of the key attributes of a problem solver is their ability to think critically. This involves breaking down problems into smaller, more manageable parts and analyzing each component to gain a deeper understanding of the issue. By doing this, I am able to identify underlying causes, patterns, or trends that may be contributing to the problem. Our therapy findings help develop effective solutions that address the root cause of the issue(s) rather than just treating the symptoms.
Finding the right counseling support can be challenging, but it is essential to seek out a therapist who is qualified, experienced, and compassionate. It is difficult to open up to someone about what has been weighing you down, but with the right support, that weight can be lifted, and you can live again. Support is essential to human interaction, which can help individuals overcome challenges, cope with stress, and improve their well-being. Emotional support involves providing empathy, encouragement, and validation to someone who is struggling. In my office, you will be heard, feel supported, and make steps toward living a healthier, happier life.
More About Me
I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Social Work and from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Technology. While working with a wide range of populations, including teenagers, couples, young adults, justice-involved individuals, youth on probation, young adults, adults in problem-solving courts, and substance-using populations, I have become passionate about the work I do in a therapeutic setting. I have had the opportunity to work with elementary, middle, and high school students in a school system, providing crisis management and counseling support.
My family and I moved to Texas in 2021 with my three youngest children (12, 13, and 17), whom I share custody with my ex-wife. I also have a 22-year-old son who lives in Nebraska! We enjoy going to the lake every summer with their grandparents and are spending time learning about Texas. I love to travel, camp with my family, and spend time with our 3-year-old Morkie, Kash. I’m so excited to be back near the Latino culture, having spent time living in Arizona and working with Latino immigrant families in the Seattle area. While I’m not there yet, my goal is to regain my previous Spanish language skills and become more fluent!