Working with Youth and Families
My goal is to promote recovery and resilience in families from diverse backgrounds. Each family has their own cultural norms and resources. I provide youth with culturally appropriate coping skills to increase emotional well-being. I enjoy helping parents create a supportive environment for their children. My experience as a school psychologist allows me to help families get needed school supports to address academic and emotional concerns.
In sessions, I make sure clients are empowered. I work from a strength-based approach and build on what is going well. My style is warm, honest, and collaborative in nature. Many of my clients report that I easily meld into their families.
Through cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), kids begin to recognize when anxiety is causing them fear, self-doubt, irritability, or physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, and poor sleep. CBT helps youth change negative thoughts to positive, affirming beliefs. Kids learn stress management techniques to handle the ups and downs of life, now and in the future.
The road to mental wellness is an evolving journey. As your therapist, I walk with you through the highs and lows of the journey, coaching and championing you through it. I look forward to assisting you in embarking upon your mental wellness journey…when you are ready.
How I Got Here
Like most teens, my adolescent years were filled with turbulent social relationships and teenage angst. I often worried about being perfect in all aspects of my life: academics, extracurricular teams and activities, part-time job, and social popularity. I also saw my peers struggle to cope with the teenage transitions. Reflecting on this during a project about career goals in 9th grade, I decided I wanted to be a child and family psychologist, so that I could be a listening ear and a problem solver for youth and families. I wanted to help them overcome the many challenges of adolescence. At that moment, I set myself on a path to major in Psychology during undergrad and immediately enter graduate school to obtain my PhD.
Outside the Office
I am originally from the suburbs of New Orleans. I attended college in D.C., and returned home for graduate school. I am a wife and mother to two small children. Balancing being a wife and mother while pursing my PhD was a welcomed challenge, but I am ecstatic to now be building my practice as a psychologist.
In my spare time, you can find me spending time with my family, friends, and sorority sisters. I absolutely love trying new things, traveling, and learning through new experiences. However, my busy life has taught me to appreciate the gift of silence. It is not uncommon to find me curled up on the sofa with a blanket, binge watching a television series.
Training & Credentials
- Licensed Psychologist by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. License #38602
- Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. License#71417
- Doctoral Degree in School Psychology, Tulane University
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy