I received my B.S degree from University of Southern Mississippi in Psychology in 2000 and a M.S. degree from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Counseling and Counselor Education in 2009 and an EdS degree from Indiana University in Counseling Psychology in 2010.
I have a private practice, A Better You Counseling Services where I provide individual, family, couple and group counseling while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I specialize in working with couples, families, children, adolescents and adults. I also provide group counseling and home visits. I am involved in the community by coordinating workshops that educate and empower women and I present and speak at different engagements such as Texas Counseling Association (TCA,) and Texas Christian University (TCU) to name a few.
Also, I work as a Clinical Care Manager at ValueOptions where I complete assessments and connect members to appropriate providers and facilities. I also provide brief counseling to members that are in crisis while connecting them to the appropriate referrals to get the treatment that they need. Also, I review for medical appropriateness psychiatric/substance abuse cases utilizing professional knowledge to apply ValueOptions criteria and render certification decisions that are within the scope of practice that is relevant to the clinical areas under review. As well as, provides consultation to workplace on issues related to troubled employees, substance abuse cases, management referral, regulatory referrals, onsite training and debriefing services and coordinates with other Care Managers to assure that patient comprehensive treatment needs are met. Furthermore, I ensure continuity of patient care through contact with providers.
From Jan 2012- March 2013, I worked at Innovative Psychiatric Solutions, a Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient facility that provides mental health treatment to youth and adults. I was the Director over the Child and Adolescent Unit. As the Director of the Child and Adolescent Unit, I made sure that the program ran smoothly and the adolescents and their family received the best care possible. I supervised a staff of 4-5 people including therapists, interns, teachers and mental health techs. Also, I provided consultation and support to staff as needed including being available for staff to debrief about difficult situations. When staff was unavailable, I provided back-up clinical care to clients. Furthermore, I provided consultation about clinical and administrative issues to other resources. I also provided educational training and information to the families and friends of clients and to the general public as needed In addition, I provided leadership about in-service training offered to staff. Moreover, I participated in the hiring and firing of employees and coordinated admissions and discharges of clients and continued to fulfill my duties as a Licensed Therapist as well.
However, I started out as a therapist where I worked with children and adolescents that ranged from 6-18 yrs. old. I worked with kids that struggle with ADHD, substance abuse, trouble controlling anger, low self-esteem, suicide, behavioral issues, psychosis, depression and autism. I conducted individual, family and group therapy sessions that were goal oriented, increased awareness, educated, empowered, motivated and taught them skills that built them into healthier individuals and family units. I also provided psychosocial assessments, developed treatment plans, provided crisis intervention and liaison services with referral sources and arranged aftercare and discharge plans.
In 2011, I worked in the Adult Inpatient Unit at Hickory Trail Hospital as a Licensed Therapist. My patients suffered from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, multiple personality disorder, anxiety and PTSD. I provided educational, therapeutic, and/or support groups and conducted individual/couples/family counseling on scheduled time tables. I also provided psychosocial assessments and incorporated needs into the development of an interdisciplinary treatment plan. I also worked briefly at Full Life IOP with the geriatric population.
Before relocating to Texas from Indianapolis IN in 2010, my work history consisted of the following: I worked with geriatric patients at a nursing home setting where I provided supportive therapy; I interned as a high school counselor where I provided brief counseling to troubled students, and made sure that they were on track to graduate; I also completed my practicum at a work release facility where I conducted assessments and provided group and individual counseling.
I believe that counseling can take on different meanings based on the need of the person. Counseling can be educational in which a person learns new skills such as how to cope or decrease negative thinking. Counseling can be insightful in which a client gains a better understanding of who they are and what they want out of life. Counseling can be supportive wherein the client feels understood and is able to express their feelings in a safe, nurturing and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Counseling can be motivational in which a client is uplifted, encouraged, and empowered. Counseling can also be spiritual whereby a client is able to connect to his/her higher power. Counseling can provide a plethora of assistance for client needs which are instrumental in helping individuals regain a sense of control in their lives by creating a foundation to begin their process towards healing.
Whatever your needs are, I would love to work with you.