I am a professional counselor and sex addiction therapist. I am also in recovery. I know personally that compulsive sexual behavior can have unintended and emotionally painful consequences. I understand the pain and frustration that family members and friends experience when one of their loved ones is struggling with addiction. Helping addicts, their partners, and their families heal from the effects of this disease is my passion.
I grew up in South Texas – Kingsville, home of the King Ranch. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&I and then completing a training program in computer programming, I moved to Dallas with my partner in 1985 and worked in the “high tech” industry for 27 years.
Due to a series of personal challenges, my interests shifted almost 10 years ago toward addiction, codependence, and trauma. I tried to learn all that I could for my own healing, and then I decided to change careers so that I could help others heal, as well. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, cooking gourmet meals with my partner, painting with a technique called encaustic, playing with my miniature dachshund, and practicing yoga.
In 2009, I went back to school, and in 2011 I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. I have been personally trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost leader in sexual addiction treatment, and by Pia Melody, the foremost leader in treatment for love addiction and codependence.
I have also been trained by the EMDR Institute, the developers of the most recognized treatment modality for trauma resolution. In my work with clients, I incorporate various aspects of all this training, as needed, to help my clients avoid compulsive and destructive behaviors, make sense of their past, heal their pain, and find renewed meaning in their lives. My approach is non-judgmental, and I aim to create a safe place for my clients to explore and gain insight into what is troubling them. While gentle, I am also assertive towards my clients’ “inner addicts” to help uncover their “blind spots.”
My spiritual life has evolved through the years. I have learned from numerous spiritual teachers with a range of insights about God, the universe, etc. As such, I do not approach counseling from a specific spiritual point of view. Instead, I embrace all points of view, including those of clients who are atheist or anti-religious, perhaps as a result of negative experiences with religion or church in earlier times of their lives.
I am also sensitive to the needs of clients who may be struggling with certain aspects of their sexual identity, whether gay or not, “out” or not. Making an effort to stop compulsive sexual behavior and attempting to define healthy sexual expression can be challenging for members of the gay and transgender community. Our sexuality is a very important part of our humanity, yet finding a safe place to talk about it is sometimes difficult. My goal is to provide a safe place and to be someone you can trust.
I look forward to guiding you through your own journey of healing. No one deserves to suffer the effects of addiction.
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