Hello! I am passionate about helping you work towards your goals, and help you build and maintain healthy relationships in your life.
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Cedar Park, TX
Supervised by Billy Myers, LMFT-S
It may feel difficult to adjust to so many new things at once, and your expectations of how things would go, may not always line up with your reality. Like I previously mentioned, I can help you address intrusive thoughts, provide you with tools to have more control over your emotions, improve communication with your partner and support system, tolerate stress better, and increase your interpersonal effectiveness (i.e. learning how to ask for help).
Postpartum Depression (PPD) can feel scary, because it can look like withdrawing from friends and family, struggling to bond with your baby, difficulty sleeping, or even having thoughts of harming yourself or your new little one. I treat PPD by providing you with techniques to help ground yourself, challenge and change your thoughts, identify support systems, find enjoyable activities, and practice mindfulness skills, to help keep you focused on the present and connect with those around you.
Similarly, Postpartum Anxiety can also feel scary, because of the physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, nausea, and again, difficulty sleeping. Postpartum Anxiety can also cause intrusive thoughts, which may negatively impact your overall outlook on life. I treat these symptoms through distress tolerance skills, helping you regulate your emotions, to then help control your thoughts, and relaxation techniques to help calm the physical and mental symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety.
My background is in Marriage and Family Therapy, meaning I am trained to understand individuals within the context of their current family system and family of origin, and how that impacts or influences the challenges you are dealing with. This means that I may occasionally have you bring in members of your family or support system into session. I may also help you explore how family patterns may be impacting you today, and how you can make adjustments, to do things in a healthier way for you.
The four tenants of DBT are distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. So what does that mean? That means I can help you learn skills to tolerate distressing situations, feelings, thoughts, and people. Emotion regulation is navigating your emotions, so you are not controlled by them. Interpersonal effectiveness is similar to people skills, so improving communication, being assertiveness, etc. And mindfulness is practicing awareness and staying present.
To me, CBT is the practice of noticing how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence one another. When we struggle with negative thoughts about ourselves, it can lead to us feeling bad about ourselves, and eventually, behaving in a way that is not in alignment with our values, and vice versa. I like to help people use the concepts of CBT to restructure the way they think, feel, and behave, so they can have a healthier way of interacting with themselves and the world around them.
If you are struggling in your relationship, you may find yourself feeling lonely, disconnected, angry, or simply tired of trying to “fix it.” You and your spouse/partner may be stuck in a cycle of communication that leads to feeling misunderstood or hurt. Couples therapy is designed to help you and your significant other improve your communication skills, create healthier relationship patterns, and set apart time for connection, or finding ways to reconnect, so your relationship can flourish.
Does your teen need extra support trying to regulate their emotions, take control of their thoughts, cope in healthier ways, or simply feel better mentally? Therapy for teens is designed to help them learn skills and gain tools to help navigate the constant changes they are dealing with. I will partner with you and your teen to develop a plan, specific to their needs, to help equip you both to navigate the challenges that come during the middle, high school, and early college years.
It can feel lonely to struggle with an eating disorder and you may often find yourself trying to hide what is really going on internally. I will help you navigate these internal challenges such as low self-esteem or self-worth, relationship difficulties, trauma, or issues with body image. You don’t have to keep hiding and facing these challenges alone. I am here to help equip you with skills and tools to empower you, so that you can find healing and freedom.