From Listening for a Story to Listening for Truth
For about 10 years, I worked as a newspaper reporter, interviewing a wide variety of people and writing news stories. I loved meeting people from all walks of life and learning about them, but I discovered that talking to people to get a good story was not what I really wanted to do.
So, I left journalism to become a psychologist, and I’m so happy I did. The relationship between a therapist and a client is such a powerful thing, a tremendous responsibility and an honor for the therapist, and such a vulnerable, courageous choice for the client.
As a reporter, I listened for a story. Now, as a psychologist, I listen for my client’s truth, their values, and their opportunity for healing, growth and greater happiness.
"Life can be challenging, painful, and difficult. My goal is to help my clients take agency to make changes that will increase their well-being."
I have been treating eating disorders and associated issues for 20 years. I worked in inpatient and outpatient settings including The Menninger Clinic and founded the Houston Eating Disorders Center in 2010, a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. This program is now part of Eating Recovery Center.
I have been active in advocacy and volunteer work with the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and am a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists. Specialized credentials include the internationally recognized "Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders" and an IAEDP Eating Disorders Specialist Certification. My special interests include body image in eating disorders, family involvement in treatment and healing trauma.
My Work in Trauma;Founding enCOURAGE Trauma Center
Despite greater awareness of trauma, most mental health treatment is developed to treat symptoms, but not the underlying traumas that drive them. As a result, many illnesses have high rates of recidivism, when the underlying trauma is unacknowledged or when treatment of trauma is postponed until stabilization of the symptom is achieved. Hence, many patients move from one self-destructive behavior to another, trying to manage their distress but only making it worse.
To address this issue, I partnered with a fellow therapist, Noblet Davidson, to form enCOURAGE Trauma Center, a trauma focused intensive outpatient program. Founded in 2019, this program is designed to support the therapist and their patient, so that trauma work can be done safely. We collaborate closely with each patient's therapist in order to have the greatest positive impact and most effective treatment. To learn more about enCOURAGE Trauma Center, please visit www.encouragetraumacenter.com.