I am a mom of 2 adult children and one junior high student. I have been married for 29+ years, to my best friend and partner for life. I am a fur mommy of one sweet bunny named Lola Belle and one four legged baby named Joaquin Benjamin.
In addition to working with clients in private practice, I also provide clinical supervision for LMFT-A's and LPC-I's, who are seeking full licensure in the State of Texas. I am currently working towards AAMFT Supervisory Certification, as well.
I am an Associate Professor in the MFT program at National University, where I teach master and doctorate level students.
When I am not working or spending time with my family, I am reading, walking, enjoying my cup of coffee, and playing with dog.
Since 2005, I have been dually licensed as a marriage and family therapist and professional counselor. In 2021, I received my supervisory certificates for both LMFT and LPC. I received my Doctorate of Marital and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University, in 2022. My dissertation project focuses on developing an online therapeutic program for women living with chronic pelvic floor dysfunction. I am a Facilitator for the Prepare/Enrich program that offers sessions for pre-martial couples. I also am a first-generation graduate, which I am most proud of.
I am a Founding Member for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, served as Student Board Member, was active in the Education Committee and Multi-Cultural Taskforce, and served as Student President for the Texas Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. In 2003, I received the Outstanding Master Student Award for TAMFT and in 2002, I was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award by TAMFT. Both were equally an honor to me and truly appreciated the recognition from my professors and organization. In 2022, I also received the Outstanding Doctoral Student from the Behavioral Sciences Department at Loma Linda University. I am currently volunteer as a program evaluator for the Texas Counseling Association.
I hold current memberships for:
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Bay Area Net
I received my Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences-Psychology in 1995, with a minor in Early Childhood Education, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
I received my Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, in 2003, which was a four year full-time program that includes one year practicum and one year internship. I completed a one-year clinical internship at UTMB-Galveston, as a Medical Family Therapist Intern, and completed 2 years post-graduate work at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Neuroscience Unit and Stroke Unit, as well as at Harris County Hospital District at Ben Taub Hospital and South Side Clinic in Galena, Park.
I took the licensing exams for both LMFT and LPC, and became fully licensed as a therapist in 2005, after passing my licensing exams and completing 3,000 clinical hours required for the State of Texas. I maintain my clinical hours by attending conferences, seminars, and workshops each year.
I have worked in non-profit agencies, schools, hospitals, community centers, shelters, and churches.
In 2022, I graduated with my Doctorate from Loma Linda University in the Doctorate for Marital and Family Therapy program, which is COAMFTE accredited. My doctoral project focuses on creating an online therapeutic support group program for women diagnosed with chronic pelvic floor dysfunction and determining health related quality of life.
*Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges (2003)
*Psi Chi Honor Society(2003)
*Outstanding Graduate Student Award for TAMFT (2003, 2022)
*Outstanding Master's Student Award-University of Houston-Clear Lake (2003)
*Outstanding Doctoral Student Award-Loma Linda University (2022)
Dean's List for Academics (2019, 2021, 2022)
*President-Elect and President for UHCL Family Therapy Student Association (2000-2003)
*President-Elect and President for Texas Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (2020-2022)
*Student Board Member for Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (2021-2022)
*TAMFT Education Committee Member (2019-2022)
*Co-Facilitator for Wellness Committee, Loma Linda University (2021)
*Minority Ad-Hoc Reviewer, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (2020-2021)
*Volunteer for BCM PHR Human Rights and Asylum Clinic (2020-current)
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