I believe in a compassionate, yet direct approach. Most people are looking for straight forward help with their pain, anxiety, conflict and stress. A direct approach can be hard to find, but it can lead to faster results and change, this is our goal!
I understand relationships, how difficult and stressful it can be, and specialize in complex dynamics. I take a logical and analytical approach while paying special attention to the dynamics of emotions. I have been in practice for 12 years and married for 17. I have experienced divorce, raising kids and know what it takes to make it work.
I subscribe to a modern combination of psychodynamic theory and family systems theory, having experienced them working well together, and creating a well balanced approach allowing personalization and tailoring for every client.
Originally from the Texas Panhandle, I made my way to the Dallas area as a teen. Growing up in the small farming and ranching town of Dalhart, I learned first hand 'Cowboy Ethics', and that a good life is founded on a code and values. I bring this philosophy into every part of my life, including my practice. Check out the 'Cowboy Ethics' below and see how they can apply to your life, relationships and commitments. Now residing in the outskirts of Dallas with my Alaskan hubby, and our two energetic and spirited (never a dull moment) teen and college aged kids, I enjoy traveling and visiting new places, and anything outdoors with my family! I love (and have many) animals, hunting, fishing, and living the country life. Being outside and in nature is where I thrive!
Credentials and Clinical Work
Starting out at Texas Tech University (WRECK "EM!!) and finishing at the University of Texas Dallas, I earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the School of Brain and Behavioral Science. I continued my education in Dallas in private institution at Argosy University, receiving a masters degree in counseling. I am also a member of the American Psychological Association and American Psychotherapy Association. My inpatient experience is with children and adolescents with dual diagnosis, including eating disorders at Children's Medical Center Dallas. My LPC internship was done in the heart of Uptown Dallas with the amazing and creative team of therapists 'The Lifeworks Group', now known as 'Lifeologie', owned and operated by my fellow Texas Panhandle friend and colleague. Melanie Wells, LPC, LMFT, and author.
"Everyone needs a code, a creed to live by."
1. Live each day with courage
2. Take pride in your work
3. Always finish what you start
4. Do what has to be done
5. Be tough, but fair
6. When you make a promise, keep it
7. Ride for the brand
8. Talk less, say more
9. Remember that some things aren't for sale
10. Know where to draw the line
Author Jim Owens