My journey to a career in counseling
I attended medical school and completed my internship year in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. I did my Pediatrics residence at West Virginia University and completed my fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics there. My past professional experiences include assistant clinical professorships at West Virginia University and Bowman Gray Medical School and private practices in Pediatrics in North Carolina and Texas. In 2010 I closed my Developmental Pediatrics practice to focus on the needs of my family. My experience as a parent of a child with depression inspired me to work with families of teens with mental health issues. I pursued a master’s degree in counseling in order to expand my education and provide more services to those I worked with. During my training I shifted my professional focus from a problem-focused medical model to one which focuses on wellness, empowerment, development through the lifespan, and healthy relationships. Although I understand and appreciate the role of medication in mental health, I emphasize emotional intelligence and empathy, understanding one’s past and how it affects parenting and relationships, and effective communication with others, rather than write prescriptions. My practice is quite unique – my personal experiences, my training as a Developmental Pediatrician, and my counseling education allow me to provide services tailored to the individual needs of teens and their families. To find out if my practice is a good fit for your family, please complete the questionnaire below. I will contact you with my recommendations within 2-3 business days.