I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. I went on to obtain a Master of Arts, also in psychology, from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2002. I currently hold a license in Professional Counseling (LPC) in both Texas and Nebraska, issued by the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Counsel (TBHEC) as well as the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
I have worked extensively with families in various settings ranging from an adjudication center to family shelter, foster care, treatment centers, and the public school system. As an Adjunct Professor at UMHB and Temple College, I taught general and developmental psychology courses at the undergraduate level. I also spent one year focusing almost exclusively on the treatment of eating disorders when I served as the Clinical Director and developed the program curricula for a new treatment facility in Austin.
Over the past eighteen years, I have worked in private practice collaborating with other mental health professionals and members of the legal community to establish standards of practice for therapeutic intervention with families involved in high conflict divorce disputes. I have developed a passion for educating parents, teachers, and the general public about the challenges facing those living with ongoing, destructive conflict within the family system. As a result, I have served on panel discussions and presented to audiences on various college campuses, professional conferences, and community organizations. Specialized trainings include dispute resolution, collaborative law, eating disorders, and equine assisted psychotherapy.