I am an open-minded, liberal, free spirit with excellent communication skills and the ability to put people at ease. I am an engaged listener. When you have a session with me, you have my full attention. I do tend to be direct and get straight to the heart of the matter; this is your time and money after all. If I feel that I am not the best therapist to address your issues, I will tell you.
I handle all aspects of my practice. When you call for an appointment, you speak with me personally. My practice is a small business and I like it that way. I am not interested in "going global." I am interested in making small but important changes in people's lives one person at a time.
My interest in sexuality grew out of my work with couples. I noticed that if I did not bring up their love life, they never would but once I did - look out! I found that addressing sexual issues was an important part of comprehensively working with a couple. Folks love the opportunity to discuss sexual concerns and ask questions. Most people were so relieved to know they were normal. And once I started addressing sexual issues, the clients kept flooding in. I knew that I had found my niche. And though certification as a Sex Therapist is not necessary to practice in the state of Texas, I felt it gave me a level of legitimacy and an edge over people who simply claim the title.
Besides, if you can think of a more interesting line of work let me know!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 1985.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, May 1988.
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, Post-graduate work for L.P.C. January to December 1992
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS COLUMNIST. February 2003 to November 2007. Research and composition of weekly relationship and sexuality advice/information column.
SEX EDUCATOR, June 2000 to present. Development and teaching of Adult EducationSeries at The Shades of Love in San Antonio and Forbidden Fruit in Austin. Currently teaching at The Love Shack in San Antonio.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, October 1997 to present. Solo practice in San Antonio.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, October 1995 to September 1997. Sterling Behavioral Health, private practice in Kerrville and San Antonio. Psychological evaluation under the supervision of Dr. Michael Roman.
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, June 1994 to October 1995. Kerrville State Hospital. Dr. Mark Goldman, supervisor.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, March 1993 to June 1994. Community Guidance Center. Dr. James Stedman, supervisor.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, May 1992 to June 1994. Dr. Hedy Rutman, Supervisor.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, July to December 1993. Bexar County Detention Center. Dr. Julia Spears, supervisor.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, August 1992 to July 1993. Dr. Shelley Probber, Dr. G. Keith Stewart, Dr. Bradford Brunson, supervisors.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, July 1991 to September 1992. Dr. Frank Paredes and Dr. John Reid, supervisors.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE, May 1987 to June 1991. Dr. Richard Slaughter, Supervisor, Fort Worth, TX.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL CARE, October 1987 to March 1988. Dr. H.E. Burgos, supervisor. Psychiatric Institute of Forth Worth.
Licensed Psychological Associate. Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, October 1989 to September 2003.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, May 1993 to present.
Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, August 2004 to present
Clinical training is just one aspect of being a good therapist. I believe that every therapist must work on themselves as an individual. If I am not doing my personal work, how can I assist others in doing theirs?
In February of 2013, I participated in the Woman Within weekend in Livingston, TX. This process is a descent into the self, a wonderful catalyst for change. I highly recommend it. I also completed the second level of the weekend in Feburary 2014 and have been in an Empowerment Circle in Austin for over a year.
If you are curious about Woman Within, I will be happy to answer questions. Also check out the organization's website at www.circlesofwomensouthtexas.com
In June of 2014, I completed a Gender Reconciliation weekend in Dallas under the gentle guidance of Julien Devereaux. This was a powerful experience for me, one that I am still processing.