I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Houston – University Park and my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Liberty University. My entire 27 year professional career has centered on designing, developing and implementing therapeutic services to children, youth and families.
I am an unapologetic Christian, who practices the Integrative Model (McMinn and Entwistle). This means that I believe in holistically looking at an individual utilizing both psychology (God’s Works) and theology (God’s Word). Jesus Christ is the center of my practice. However, my practice is respectful of each client’s traditions (even if they differ from my own) and I work diligently to partner with my clients to best understand what works for them and help them to understand what unmet needs drive their behavior and to develop and implement new skills and heal from past trauma wounds. The majority of my practice and work experience have been in Christian ministries, allowing me to unashamedly practice my faith, which I am grateful to God for the opportunities He provided.
Additionally, I secured my Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Educator certification from The Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU. I am a Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a specialized trauma treatment intervention designed by Francine Shapiro, as well as, Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) and Equine-Connected EMDR (EC-EMDR) through Natural Lifemanship. I completed my Phase 1 certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, developed by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy. Lastly, I am a Certified SYMBIS Facilitator with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, a Christian Model for Couples work.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of Texas. My license number is 72142.
My counseling style is eclectic by design; however I view everything through the lens of trauma and its impact on my client’s neurobiology and their behavior. My goal is to help my clients heal from their past traumas through the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. Traumatic events occur in our lives all the time and are specific to each person, so what is traumatic for one; may not be traumatic for another. I define trauma as any event or situation (single event or reoccurring) that forces a person’s brain to reorganize around the adaptation created by an unsafe situation, person or environment.
I also utilize Family Systems Theories (Minuchin and Maderes). I believe that we are shaped by the systems we are members of (e.g. family of origin, current family, sphere of friends, work) and we must examine those systems, how we interact with them, what roles we play within them and how they impact and shape who we are. I also believe that our thoughts about our relationships, life’s situations and ourselves shape our behaviors.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
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Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #72142 (Expires: 2022-05-31)
Charles is not only good to listen and respond quickly, but he also checks on me and that means a lot.