I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy in private practice in Tucson, Arizona and Houston, Texas. Having just relocated back to Arizona, I continue to see Texas clients and supervisees through teletherapy. I am the founder and director of The Center for Postpartum Family Health in Houston, Texas. I was born and raised in Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona.
With over 23 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a Masters graduate of University of Houston-Clear Lake specializing in Family Therapy, I currently works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are pregnancy and postpartum related issues, couples therapy for dating, engaged, co-habitating, separated or married couples, personal growth and self-care, and family relationships.
In addition to being a long time mental health advocate and professional therapist, I have presented at local, state and national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of pregnancy and postpartum depression, self-care for new mothers, and changes in marriage after baby. I served 12 years on the Board of The Houston Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, and am a Texas State Board Certified Clinical Supervisor for LMFT and LPC. I also served 10 years on the Advisory Board of The Yates Children Memorial Fund for Women's Mental Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. I am a past-president of the Houston Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, and a clinical member of Postpartum Support International and the American Associate for Marriage and Family Therapy.
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. I am comfortable with incorporating spirituality with therapy when desired, and work with LGBT clients as well. I offer a place for you to explore and find a deeper understanding of yourself and your life, and make the changes you are hoping for. Whether it is resolving something from the past, or creating something new for your future, I am confident that can assist you in your personal goals.
Master of Arts in Family Therapy - 1995. University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, Texas.
License- LMFT #4780, LPC #14045 Texas, Arizona LPC # 17639, Arizona LMFT #15350
Certifications & Awards
HAMFT Leadership Award, 2005.
Mental Health America Community Education Award, 2009.
- Postpartum Support International – pre-conference training in Perinatal Mood Disorders, Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO. June 20 – 21, 2007, Houston, Texas, July 2018
- Postpartum Support International – pre-conference training in Perinatal Mood Disorders, Annual Conference, New York, New York. June 24 - 28, 2003
- Certification in Prepare/Enrich Marriage Inventory, 1999
- Crisis Hotline Training, Crisis Intervention of Houston. Houston, Texas. 1991 – 1992.
- Supervision Training (40 hour required course) Houston Galveston Institute with Harlene Anderson. Houston, Texas 2010
Professional Activities and Memberships
Postpartum Support International Annual Conference Co-Chair, 2008
Texas State Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, 2005 - current.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas.
Chairperson - Yates Children Memorial Fund, 2005- 2008.
Advisory Board Member. 2002 - current.
Postpartum Resource Center of Texas, Austin, Texas. 2003 – 2005.
Volunteer for statewide telephone hotline, Hotline Trainer,
Advisory Board Member, and Regional Co-coordinator
Past President-- Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2005
President- Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2004
President-Elect - Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2001 and 2003
Board member- Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1996 - 2006. Positions held: Local Arrangements Chair for State Conference (1996, 2000), Awards Chair, 1997 - 99. Monthly Programs Chair, 2000
Clinical Member - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1999 - current.
Depression After Delivery, Inc. - clinical member. 2000 - 2005.
Postpartum Support International - clinical member. 2002 - current.
- Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition member