Working with Children & Families
I’ve known I want to dedicate my life to working with children since I was 8 years old. My experience working with children and families started when I became an aunt in third grade and has extended to babysitter, camp counselor, nanny, and Pre-K teacher. I also have an undergraduate degree in Studio Art. I enjoy incorporating expressive arts in session as well as other modalities such as EMDR and sandtray therapy.
I began my career working primarily with individuals or families who had come together through adoption or foster care. I have also worked with individuals of all ages struggling with life transitions, mood disorders, PTSD, attachment issues and codependency. I spent 3 years working directly with children and adolescents in foster care and residential treatment centers.
Due to these experiences, I have a passion for working with individuals with complex trauma and attachment needs. I am particularly passionate about working with women who have experienced sexual trauma in order to support their healing journey. My work includes family therapy and parent coaching in order to better equip and empower parents who are raising children with complex histories.
Working with Adults
I first want to build a trusting relationship with my clients by providing them with a unique and safe place to connect so they can experience freedom, safety, and ownership in the therapeutic process. In the therapy world, a big focus is often on the client learning to trust the therapist and building a strong therapeutic relationship. While I agree this is an essential catalyst for growth, I also believe it is equally important for the client to feel empowered to trust themselves.
Individuals who have histories of difficult experiences, particularly difficult experiences within relationships, struggle to trust themselves and their ability to grow and change. I focus on empowering clients to understand how their past experiences have impacted their current relationships, with self and others, and how they can change these patterns. This work includes examining past experiences to make sense of current maladaptive patterns, practicing mindfulness, learning new skills, and examining client values and goals for future relationships.
My goal is for my clients to feel empowered and able to view themselves with self-compassion and trust they have the capacity for change.
Outside the Office
In my free time I love spending time with my community and my rescue pup. One of my favorite ways to spend my time is being Aunt Ashley to my friends’ kids. I also enjoy reading and continuing to learn, being outside, and visiting Houston’s many coffee shops.
Evidence Based Treatments
- Play Therapy
- TBRI Practitioner
- Theraplay Level 1 Training
Training & Credentials
- Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Minor in Psychology from Houston Christian University
- Master of Arts in Counseling from Houston Christian University
- Licensed Professional Counselor License # #81627
Insurance & Availability
Accepts: United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, and Optum/Oscar Insurance
Coming Soon: BCBS
Rates: $165 Hourly
Monday: Noon – 7pm (Woodlands)
Tuesday: 9am – 4pm (Spring)
Wednesday: Noon – 7pm (Spring)
Thursday: 9am – Noon (virtual), 2pm-7pm (Sping)
Friday: 10am – 4pm (Woodlands)