What would you like to know?
What can I expect from our first session?
Our first session is meant to be an expansion of our phone consult. You’ll receive a background information questionnaire and formal paperwork through a secure client portal after our initial phone consult and before our meeting. We discuss your goals for counseling in greater depth and determine a plan of action. By the end of our time, you have a clear understanding of what to expect in future sessions, a game plan, and something specific to consider before our next visit.
What are your credentials?
My background is diverse. As I age, I find that life experience counts just as much as degrees and certificates! I also learned when I returned to the work force in a different country, job descriptions and roles, as well as necessary credentials were challenging to navigate. I’m providing a list of paper stamped items and specialized trainings and am happy to address any training or experience in the field you are inquiring about in specific detail.
Graduate coursework in PhD program of Family Studies, TWU
Masters of Science in Counseling, Southern Methodist University (MS)
Licensed Professional Counselor, TX (LPC)
Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
TX certified Teacher, School Counselor and Special Education Teacher,
Guest Presenter “ADHD, What Else Could it Be?”: Tx Counsel on Family Relations 2016 Conference
Mind Body Connection Practitioner (meditation, mindfulness, wellness options)
Filial/Parenting Skills Educator
Certified Positive Discipline Educator
Educational Liaison for parents new to or already involved with 504/ARD/Testing processes
Certified HR Generalist (to enhance Career Counseling – who doesn’t love MORE education!?)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapist (when access to facility – and modality I’d use always if possible)
Recent Continuing Education: Sexuality in Marriage and Infidelity, Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Parent/Teen Mediation, Holistic Healing Modalities, Addictions and Treatment . . . ask for other areas.
5 yr BEd. (University of Victoria, 1993)
BC certified Teacher (general ed, severe learning and behavioral issues, alternative education, special education) which included programing for children with high functioning autism and foster care/legal issues.
Do you diagnose or help with ADHD?
Absolutely. My professional career started 25 years ago in the school system when ADHD wasn’t such a common label. I’ve followed the increases in diagnosis, the changes in how medication is used and the broadening explanations for its causes. I prefer to call what I do “Ruling out ADHD”. It is a chameleon that gets misdiagnosed so, so often, many times in place of anxiety. Regardless of the label, I provide practical skills for children and parents to manage and decrease the symptoms associated with ADHD, as well as provide a multitude of alternatives to medication.
Call to find out more about my specialization in this area.
Do you take insurance?
How much will it cost?
I charge $150 for 50-minute sessions. If you are looking for basic guidance, a few sessions may be all you need. For the majority of clients, I encourage 3-5 weekly appointments to start. This allows time to connect, uncover, strategize and practice. After that, or earlier if you feel you are making great progress, we’ll re-evaluate. Therapy is like getting in shape. Change is going to take time and commitment, and each person’s transformation is different. You are not under any obligation to continue therapy for a set amount of time, or at a pre-determined interval. Best practice encourages weekly sessions, however, each situation is unique. Some clients stay for a short period and return as they need more support, some come as their budget allows and some come once or twice per week for months.
I was told I need CBT. Is that something you do?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is basically helping a client to understand how beliefs and self-talk are affecting choices and behaviors. Yes, I use CBT as well as other modalities fitting to the issues presented, client values, religious beliefs and the client’s personality. I use standardized, and informal assessments when needed to rule out or confirm diagnosis.
What's with all the mini figures in your office?
Why the dragonfly?
When setting up my practice and determining a logo/visual, this was the first thing that came to mind. Research on dragonfly symbolism proved to me that it was a perfect fit for what I believe comes from the process of counseling. Consider the following beliefs relating dragonfly symbolism.
Dragonflies are born in the water and begin to grow there for up to five years, move into the air and learn to fly, yet only for a short few months. This exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By being present in the moment of your day, you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want and what you don’t. The metamorphic act of emergence from nymph to Dragonfly is a metaphor for how we can strip away our long held beliefs of our limitations, our doubts and our self doubt. Dragonflies demonstrate incredible flight patterns, able to make quick direction changes look effortless as they glide through the air, inspiring and motivating people to be flexible and adaptable in the situations that they come across in life.
When I started my private practice, I wanted to embrace as much as I could into a branding name and logo. Canexas is the combination of Canadian and Texas, at the same time sounding like “Connects Us” when said (at least with MY accent). Family Solutions was added because I wanted people to know that I look at individual struggle as more than just that of an individual, regardless of age. Each of us has in impact on those around us, either directly or indirectly, and “family” can define those choose or are born into in your circle of influence .