I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Animal-Assisted Therapist, who is committed to providing confidential, caring, ethical, and effective psychological services to individuals throughout their lifespan. While I offer psychotherapy or counseling to address a range of psychological problems, some of my specialty areas include recovery from traumatic/stressful experiences, substance abuse, stress management, depression, anxiety, relational/intimacy issues, and women’s issues.
I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. My doctoral program and my internship, at the Dallas Metropolitan Consortium in Psychology, were both accredited by the American Psychological Association. Furthermore, my post-doctoral residency was completed at the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, VA, and was accredited by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. My graduate program, internship and postdoctoral residency provided me with extensive training and experiences in psychotherapy and psychological assessments. Additionally, I have been trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. in the techniques utilized in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and currently serve as a member of a CISM Team. The CISM team is involved in many major incidents, involving law enforcement officers. I also provide Psychological First Aid to first line responders. Furthermore, I have also completed training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) My training and clinical experiences have provided me with a breadth of experience in evaluating and treating clientele of various ages with a variety of presenting issues.
I have published a book for all mental health professionals interested in providing Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy. The book is The Practice of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Innovative Modality for Facilitating Mental Wellness. See the link below.
Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, I lived and worked in different countries and have been employed in a various occupations including as a police officer and as a nanny. These earlier life experiences have provided me with opportunities to witness different perspectives, life styles, and situations, all of which helped me choose this profession of psychology and also enhance my abilities to provide psychotherapy.