Education and Qualifications
I have worked with a variety of individuals from different walks of life, including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, to include individuals from such populations as military and veterans, brain injury survivors, abuse survivors, cancer survivors, and those identifying with the LGBTQIA community, from many ethnicities and cultures.
I have a bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in clinical psychology, and a doctorate in public health with a focus on community health. My education and training is from a health psychology perspective with a specific focus on stress and coping and the biopsychosocial process (known as the mind-body connection, whereby the mind can affect the body, and the body can affect the mind). The biopsychosocial model posits that functioning must be viewed not only from the standpoint of the biological (physical) but also the psychological (thoughts, emotions, behaviors) and social (e.g. culture, religion) factors in one’s life, which all interplay in complex ways to result in "dis-ease" or "ease. I have worked since 2000 in the community mental health field at large academic institutions, government agencies, and hospitals, and most recently before opening my private practice, as a psychotherapist at a post-acute brain injury facility and an Assistant Professor at a Tier One research university.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), which means that I have met criteria established by the State of Texas to independently provide counseling, assessment, consultation, and referral. I am a member of the American Counseling Association. I have specialized training in neurofeedback and am a Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. I am a National Certified Counselor.
I am a published researcher in peer-reviewed professional journals and have also been a medical writer of content for websites, educational materials, grants, and other professional documents for academic and government entities. I'm skilled in all aspects of research.
I am an experienced presenter at professional conferences and scientific meetings.