Hello and Welcome!
Thank you for considering working with me. I would like to share with you a little about myself, my professional skills, work and career experiences, and let you know how I can be of help to you professionally, personally, spirituality, or your family, and your marriage.
My skills and over 40 years of combined mental health and experience as a registered nurse, and board certified clinical hypnotherapist allow me to get to the root of problems quickly and show you practical ways to feel more in control with your thoughts, feelings, emotions, fears, actions, beliefs, actions, and attitudes. Since my training I have worked in hospitals, community centers, outpatient units, schools, wellness centers, weight loss clinics. I currently receive referrals from infertility clinics, bariatric surgeons, family practice docs, gastroenterologist, cancer specialists, obstetricians, midwives, birthing centers. I offer continuing education to nurses, mental health professionals, and birth workers and supervise Licensed Professional Counselor Interns. I have been a guest speaker for workshops, events, and trainings for nurses, the community, hospitals, and local professional organizations on The Mind Body Connection, psychoneuroimmunology, mindfulness, meditation, and the use of guided imagery and self-hypnosis. My doctorate is in a non-counseling profession and I have both secular and non-secular education. I have studied world religions and healing practices and am an ordained minister. I have advanced training in holistic counseling.
I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and my late husband was from Vancouver, B. C. I have been fortunate to attend cutting edge workshops throughout the world gaining knowledge for professional, personal, and spiritual growth. I have two amazing adult children ( fraternal twins) with amazing families. I have been given me the gifts of four precious and adored grandchildren from the ages of 4 to 12 and have two wonderful living adult step children that reside in Alberta, Canada. I have four rescue dogs that that weigh from 2.5 pounds to 80 pounds. I am an animal lover and prefer to eat a vegan diet. I pray, meditate, cook, and exercise daily. I feel very blessed and have a passion for helping others create a more meaningful and happy life.
Training, Skills & Experience Secular and Non-Secular
- 1974 Registered Nurse, Texas Board of Registered Nursing
- 1990 Graduated Texas A & M TAMUCC Masters Degree Counseling, Counselor Education
- 1994 LPC Texas Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
- 2005 Approved LPC Supervisor State of Texas
- 2008 Approved dissertation in non counseling field of religious studies on Mind/Body/Spirit Concepts in working with patients with Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer
- 2008 Non Counseling Related Ministerial Doctorate, Ph.D. Religious Studies
- 2018 Licensed Professional Counselor Continuing Education Provider
- 2020 LPC Supervisor 40 Hour Virtual Training Program Provider
- Former Reiki Master, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Lamaze Teacher, Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Prenatal Class Instructor
- Former Labor and Delivery Room Nurse, psychiatric nurse, weight loss group facilitator , former school nurse, community mental health nurse
- Advanced Training in Trauma, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Counseling, Relationship, Marriage, and Couples Counseling, Energy Psychology, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Play Therapy, Tapping (EFT, Meridian Therapy), Meditation, Holistic & Integrative Counseling, Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness, CBT, Spiritual Growth, Christian Counseling and Jungian Shadow Work
- Fellow Standing with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy
I incorporate research based integrative mindfulness, cognitive, dialectical behavior therapies, and somatic therapies, to help heal complex trauma, family or origins and relationship pain. I believe that we are a sum of all our parts. I am a resource to help others grow and enrich their lives promoting emotional wellness, health and well-being. I am here for others that are soul seekers and are on their personal spiritual journey. I have both secular and non-secular education, degrees, and training. I have degrees in nursing, psychology, with a masters degree in counselor education. I have an unrelated doctorate degree separate from the field of counseling in religious studies and am an ordained minister. My practice is very diverse and I am sensitive to the needs of each person. I look at the needs of the whole person and help others explore their successes and areas that need improvement. We explore limited, negative thinking patterns, feelings of lacking, not measuring up, and the need to belong. We examine the negative impact of feelings “ of being less than" have on us. Together we explore boundary setting, people pleasing, and anger turned inward and outward towards those we love. My hope is to empower those that I serve with the tools necessary to deal with the stress that life and relationships bring day to day.
I find joy in helping others reach their full potential and see new possibilities. I teach clients how to explore choices, learn how to stop self-imposed chaos, and learn to live a life with ease, joy, peace of mind, clarity, with a sense of direction and purpose. I enjoy helping others with mastery and self-discovery learning to shift from " the saboteur and the inner critic" part of their thoughts to the "wise one, the magician, the compassionate observer and become their own cheerleader. I also use narrative therapy to helps others rewrite their script. I enjoy teaching others how to change their thoughts, stop self-sabotage, and learn to be kind and loving towards themselves, gaining inner strength, faith in themselves, and a belief that they CAN DO IT!
I love teaching others to explore their "shadow self," clients learn how they hold themselves back from happiness and living the they they deserve to have. I enjoy helping others create a shift in their thoughts and perspectives away from self-defeat, fear, and negativity. Exploring ways to help others create new possibilities.
Attending the birth of a baby, creating a new beginning, helping others create a new life together, teaching others they deserve a fresh start are joys for me. I am a former Reiki Master and labor and delivery nurse. I have taught natural childbirth classes in both hospital and private practice settings and have worked as a Labor Doula at home births, birthing centers, and hospitals.
The fields of psychoneuroimmunology, the mind body connection, the power of energy work are of great interest me. My favorite authors are: Louise Hay, Nick Ortner, Judith Orloff, Rhonda Byrne, and Joe Dispenza. I find great pleasure and have a passion for helping people on their personal journey to personal happiness, joy, and enlightenment whatever that is for them. I am her to help people find more pleasure and joy in their lives and let go of what is creating inner struggle, defeat and pain. My professional focus has changed after 40 years of combined experience the mental health field as a nurse and professional counselor to my new role being more of a facilitator, teacher, and coach to clients seeking change, inner peace, joy, and balance. As professional counselor my work still involves teaching, training and supervision using research based therapies. After years of success in a private practice setting I offer consultation services to new therapists and counselors starting up a private practice. I find great pleasure working with couples and my style is a unique to my years of taking training courses by the noted gurus in couples therapy and creating my own style that helps the individual personally which in turn enhances the strength and bond of the relationship.
My biggest interest is learning and staying aware of the cutting edge information in the fields of medicine, wellness/health/nutrition, neuroscience, , and the mind/body/heart/spirit/soul connections.psychoneuroimmunology
.I have a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire and willingness to provide excellence to those I provide services to. I am very dedicated to my Licensed Professional Counselor Associate Supervise-es and want to be of service to my clients, fellow colleagues, and students. I find joy in giving and the gifts I receive back from watching my clients, and students grow, find inner peace and live happier, more fulfilling lives.
I enjoying staying in the moment and enjoy what is happening in the Now! I want to help you do that too! I love to dig in the dirt with mother earth. I eat a plant based diet and enjoy cooking healthy and delicious meals. I love to spend time with my pets, family, and friends. I enjoy reading and curling up on the couch and watching television with my grandchildren and fur babies. I also enjoy reading for professional development and personal growth. I strongly believe that we should never stop growing and learning. I enjoy keeping up the latest research and innovative practice in mental health, energy psychology, and holistic wellness and health issues.
My goal is that you will leave feeling confident, empowered, and have an attitude of I CAN DO IT!
Please call me at (361) 688-8200 for additional information!