While a Wichitan since 1996, I grew up in a rural Northeast Texas community. Growing up in this environment taught me the value of caring for family support, loyal friendships, and willingness to help others. As a teen, I enjoyed helping younger children to develop skills I learned through Scouts, sports, and youth leadership positions. By age 16 I spent summers teaching younger children to overcome their fear of water and learn to swim. These experiences led to an interest in a human service career. Ultimately I attended college to prepare for a career as a nonprofit youth agency professional.
As a young professional working with children, adults, and families in community-based programs I developed a specific desire to help individuals overcome personal problems and to reach their potential. Consequently, I pursued additional education first obtaining a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work (Ohio State University, 1984), then obtaining a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology (Biola University, 1995). As a result, I now provide psychological services developed through my academic and clinical training and over 25 years of professional experience in the field of psychology.
My goal is to provide each individual with proven psychological treatments while understanding each person’s individual needs. Interventions are centered around identifying areas for needed growth, developing a helping strategy, and providing an understanding environment from which to work toward positive change.