“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
You may be curious about my story of becoming a professional counselor intern. I have always sought out ways to connect with others on an authentic level even before I was interested in psychology. The intensity of the moments where one can fully experience someone else’s story is what first intrigued me about counseling. The process of counseling always felt like an excuse to cut through all of the small talk and reach those rich conversations.
In college, I studied psychology at Texas State University with a minor in art and design. I always dreamed about combining the two fields, and occasionally I will incorporate art interventions into my work when appropriate. I also enjoyed other courses I had to take for electives including philosophy and anthropology. I have a passion of incorporating culture and philosophy into the process of counseling as well.
In 2016, I graduated with my Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Texas. I interned at the college counseling center there as well as the Art Station (a non-profit counseling center specializing in all things tied to art and therapy) in Fort Worth. I also work at SAFE Alliance at the domestic violence and sexual assault shelter. You may also find me at Capital Area Counseling as a volunteer counseling intern.
My areas of experience include individual and group counseling in college counseling centers, community mental health, in-patient, and emergency shelter settings.
Starting in April of 2017 I began my journey of working under the supervision of Ann Stoneson, LPC-S through Counseling South Austin in a private practice setting. Even more recently I have turned my passion towards helping gamers, geeks, and misfits. Yes, I do identify as a geek and a misfit! Alternatives like these are often seriously stigmatized, starting with bullying in school to having to hide their interests or identities in professional settings. I’ve made it my mission to be able to provide a place where you can be yourself and work towards personal development.
I currently live in south Austin with my partner and our three cats. When I am not seeing clients for therapy, I enjoy playing roller derby, painting, reading graphic novels, and going to the movies.
If you are interested in my counseling services, please visit Counseling South Austin’s website.