About

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THE PATH FORWARD

My Story

I was raised in the DFW Metroplex and currently reside in Tarrant County. I received both my Bachelor and Master’s degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. I have been practicing at the Masters level for over 10 years. 

Over the past 16 years, I have enjoyed helping children and families navigate the difficulties they are experiencing and assist them in gaining the skills they need to overcome obstacles in life. I’ve had the privilege of doing this in a variety of settings. I began my career with Child Protective Services and moved into school social work after that. Working in a school setting for 10 years allowed me to provide therapeutic services to elementary, middle and high school students that may not otherwise have access to counseling in their community. I have also practiced in psychiatric facilities and community clinics, providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults.  Being able to help people at various life stages begin to heal, learn new and more effective coping skills, and be able to look forward to a brighter future has been one of the best aspects of being a Social Worker.

In 2014, I started completing home assessments for families that were seeking to become foster parents or adopt foster children.  I now offer home studies to families that are seeking private adoption. Helping individuals and couples bring a child into their home for the first time, expand an existing family, or solidify a step-parent’s role as an adoptive parent is extremely rewarding.

Throughout my career, I have noticed that many families struggle with parenting related issues, or co-parenting issues.  This is especially true when a separation or divorce is occurring. I found that there is a need in our community for professionals who are trained to work with parents that are divorced or separating and help them gain the skills they may need in order to successfully co-parent and keep their children’s best interest as the core of their co-parenting relationship. The break-up of a family can be a trauma in and of itself, and I am committed to helping parents work through their issues as co-parents so as they, and their children heal, they can relieve as much emotional damage as possible.  I have taken extensive training to become certified as a Parent Coordinator/Parent Facilitator and am excited to work with families in this role. 

Trainings & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work: University of Texas at Arlington, Magna Cum Laude, 2005

  • Master of Science in Social Work: University of Texas at Arlington, Honors, 2009 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, License #54608

  • 40 Hour CEU Basic Mediation through Mediation Dynamics

  • 32 Hour CEU Advanced Family Mediation through Dr. Nancy Ferrell

  • 16 Hour CEU for Parenting Coordination and Parent Facilitation

  • 8 Hour CEU of Family Dynamics and Domestic Violence

  • 24 Hour CEU: The Fundamentals of Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

  • 16 Hour CEU: Trauma Treatment with EMDR, CBT and Somatic Interventions: A Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Course-Level 1 Certification in Trauma Therapy

  • Currently undergoing training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)