I have over 20 years experience in helping people cope, grow, and change, 15 of which have been as a psychotherapist in private practice. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), which is the highest level of licensure for master’s level graduates of an accredited social work program. Licensure as an LCSW is the only social work licensure that qualifies the holder to practice independently as a mental health clinician. I work with adults 18 and older, couples, and families. My clinical strengths include working with mood disorders (anxiety/panic and depression), with those facing life transitions and disruptions (marriage, pregnancy and early parenthood, infertility, failed relationships, health crises, and grief and bereavement), and especially with individuals who are curious about and grappling with the meaning of their life circumstances. I have extensive training in working with dreams, and find that, for some people, dream work can provide a dimension of understanding and guidance that is not accessible through other therapeutic modalities.
Prior to going into private practice, I gained experience in understanding the connection between bodily and psychological symptoms while working in one of Houston’s premiere acute-care hospitals. My experience working in both inpatient and outpatient programs, primarily with cardiac patients, jumpstarted my interest in understanding the “heart” of constricted human experiences on a symbolic as well as literal basis. I left that experience with my eyes wide open to the ways in which people can experience a symbolic death, sometimes long before their literal death.
During my MSW studies, I completed a practicum in a children’s inpatient cancer unit. This experience was essential in understanding the impact of illness on the development of children, as well as on the relationship of the child to the family.
Prior to obtaining my MSW, I worked as a Certified Public Accountant in both public accounting and private firms, as well as in my own practice. The experience of changing careers has added to my professional training in terms of understanding the ways in which our work choices are informed by our own psychological structures and needs and how those needs may change as our psychological structure evolves.
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin and my master’s degree is from the University Of Houston Graduate College Of Social Work. I have completed a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic therapy through the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute (now known as the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies). I have completed a number of years of study in Jungian or analytical psychology through the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Texas Seminar associated with that group.
I serve as an instructor and workshop facilitator for the C. G. Jung Educational Center in Houston, and am a former member of the organization’s curriculum committee. I am an active member of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society, having served that organization in several leadership capacities.