I want counseling to be enjoyable, something you look forward to attending. I like to have fun with clients, but also get real work done. Your time is valuable, and I want our time together to be as efficient as possible. So we’re not going to waste time talking about anything that is not totally relevant to the changes you want to make in your life.
I do this because I LOVE helping people. I love developing relationships with new clients and learning about your families, jobs, and lives. I am trustworthy and reliable – a calm presence in your hectic life!
I received my Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston. I completed postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine.
What kind of counseling do I provide?
I am a psychologist who values research. I provide empirically supported treatments that have been shown to work over and over. This includes:
- A safe environment where you can share your thoughts and feelings
- A strong therapeutic relationship
- Effective tools for controlling anxiety
- Techniques to improve communication
- Skills for changing thoughts
- Healing from grief and loss
Why do I work with women?
Our lives are more complicated. Many of us have the same job demands as our partners, but exponentially more home demands, which means we have to work harder to find the balance.
We have the harder juggling act because we have more balls in the air.
Women bear the burden of the fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Yes, I know there are devoted and sensitive partners out there, but they don’t share the physical experience, including body changes and hormonal ups and downs.
Why do I provide therapy AND home organization?
For years I provided therapy exclusively in the office. Time and time again clients would bring up their homes during the session.
“My house is a mess.”
“I need to clean out the garage.”
“I don’t know what to do with toys and clothes my kids have grown out of.”
It was in conversations like this that Calm Living was born.
I saw clients struggling to make changes in their life, but unable to take action. There is only so much that can be done from the office. I have had clients who run late or forget appointments. If that was happening for our sessions, I could only imagine what the rest of their lives looked like. I provide counseling in your home because getting your house in order helps to get your life in order.
Do you NEED counseling?
I get this question a lot, and it is a hard question to answer. Most people do not NEED counseling in a life or death kind of way. You may be functioning well enough…getting up, getting dressed, and doing the things you need to do. You may be getting through life by doing the bare minimum. However, can you do better?
Most women do not take time to make themselves a priority. We’re too busy running around, taking care of spouses, kids, jobs, etc… meeting other people’s needs before our own. So think of counseling as a luxury, like getting a manicure or attending an exercise class. Where else can you devote a whole hour (50 minutes) to focusing on yourself? And to do that in a safe environment, with no judgment, WOW, what a treat you can give yourself.
Let’s get good at life!
If you would like to connect with me and hear more about how I can help, request a FREE 10-minute phone consultation.