​"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

​​While I wasn’t born in Austin, I have lived here the majority of my life and love calling it my home. I live in south Austin with my tech savvy husband and our two lovely daughters. During our very limited free time, we enjoy running the trail, hiking and eating at fun new restaurants. I see myself as a work in progress and strive to learn from my encounters, especially the hard ones….

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW); I obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in 1999 and my Master’s in Social Work from UT, School Social Work in 2002. During my career I have worked with adult clients struggling with a wide variety of challenges: depression, fears, anxiety, feelings of being stuck, processing mistakes, and life transitions. I have worked with clients in variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, intensive outpatient programs and individual therapy. I approach my work using a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. Simply put, this theory looks at the connection between our thoughts, feelings and our behavior and how affecting change in one, can affect change in the others. I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT – a model that is great in teaching coping skills), and Attachment Theory (looking at the relationship between you and your primary caregiver, as a child, and how that influences you today, as an adult).

My specialty is working with women in the perinatal (pregnancy through postpartum) period and their partners/families. This is one of the biggest times of transitions, whether your first baby or not, and families should have all the support they need. I’ve been through this process twice, and have experienced the overwhelming joy and the doubts that many moms face. My professional experience, my personal life and my passion for mothers’ mental health have naturally lead me to work on helping other women who experience the emotional ups and downs of being a mom.

Besides alleviating anxious and depressive symptoms, one of the most important goals I have in working with moms and families with young children is to foster a sense of competence in them. It is important that they recognize they have the ability to know what their baby needs; they are the experts in their baby. My work is to help parents find and trust their intuition when caring for their baby.

Education and experience related specifically to working with women with mood and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period include:
  • Maternal Behavioral Health Intensive training offered through Selini Institute - https://www.seleni.org/
  • Touchpoints Individual Level Training offered through  Brazelton Center and Touchpoints - https://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/
  • Maternal Mental Health and Wellness Training, co-sponsored by UT School of Social Work and Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance
While I have a special niche working with perinatal women, I do enjoy working with a variety of people. I could be a good fit for any adult struggling with life transitions, anxieties and worries or those working on relationships and boundaries. If you'd like to contact me about exploring the possibility of working together, please click here to learn how.