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My Mission: I strive to give children and teens their own space where they feel safe, validated, and supported so that they are comfortable sharing their feelings and experiences. I would like to aid them in growing both emotionally and mentally as well as help them better understand themselves and the world around them. Most importantly, I will guide them in developing their own skills that are crucial to their growth and well-being.
My Focus: My focus is working with children and teens who are struggling with processing their emotions and regulating their behavior[RR1] . These struggles often cause children to feel overwhelmed and result in behavioral problems at school or in the home (trouble following directions, angry outbursts, fighting with other children/siblings or parents, etc.) I commonly work with children and teens that have autism, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. I also provide support to parents seeking to learn new ways of helping their children thrive.
My Experience: I am currently a graduate student in the Masters of Education program for clinical counseling at the University of Houston. I have completed 51 credits of academic training and I am now working on applying those skills with real-world cases. I have worked at Launch Academy, a private school for adolescents with disabilities (specifically autism) for the past 4 years. I have been able to acquire experience in helping children with regulating and processing their behavior and emotions as well as working with parents to support their children in practicing these skills in the real world. Previous to working in this school I supported kids in a variety of environments including nannying and assisting in parenting skills and techniques.
The experience that brought me to want to work with kids in therapy was prevalent in several ways. I experienced therapy as a child and teen, which helped me profoundly in managing my anxiety and emotional struggles as I was going through many transitions and life changes. I truly believe this is the biggest reason I have been so successful in my life. I have always had a passion for helping children through difficulties they are having and have worked with children since I was 19 years old. Working as a nanny and as a teacher has shown me that kids need mental health support too, and in my opinion, the developmental periods of child and teenage years are the most important times to receive this kind of support.
While behaviors are often what brings a child into the office, it is the emotions and thoughts behind those behaviors that need to be addressed or the behavior will not change and may become more difficult. While this process can be slow, it is also highly effective and prevents new problems from arising in the future.
About Me: I am a native Texan with a big family! I am a very patient, understanding, reliable, and chipper person. I love animals and have always had a habit of taking in lost dogs and cats. I also love talking and connecting with people, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, and wildflowers (especially dandelions).[RR2]
University of Houston- MA in Counseling Education Expected Graduation May 2022
University of Houston- BS. in Psychology: Human Development and Family Studies (grad year)