WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
I was born and raised in Germany. My Bachelors Degree from Liebig University is Special Education with music as a major field. Through job transitioning, I followed my husband to Dallas in 1984. My two, now grown sons, were born and raised in Dallas.
I received a Masters Degree of Science in Communication Disorders from University of Texas in Dallas (UTD). Shortly after, I worked as a Speech Language Pathologist research clinician with Dr. Sandi Chapman and her team in the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, where I was involved with assessment, treatment, and counseling of family members, caregivers,
and individuals with Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Strokes.
After realizing that the work of counseling was my life calling, I went back to school and received a Masters Degree of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University (SMU). I graduated Summa Cum Laude in three separate tracks and am now active as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I received my extensive clinical training as a psychotherapist & couples therapist at UT Southwestern Medical Center Family Studies Center, part of the psychiatry department.
Altogether, I have more than eight years of clinical practice and experience with couples, families, and adult individuals.
Successful communication starts with exceptional listening.
I believe in the art of listening first.
My goal is not to "fix" you, but to inspire you in discovering which path to take and how to balance trials & joys.
New ways of expression take time to be discovered.
I will support you to move forward.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Working alongside and walking a path with my clients is so very meaningful to me. This passion for helping others has always been there but it became clearer in the last few years. Ongoing learning/studying and reading professional literature keeps me astute and up to date. My immediate family, here in Dallas, as well as my German family, are teaching me and uplifting me on an ongoing basis. Time spent with my friends inspires me and helps me in multiple life situations, for which I am grateful. The medical community of Dallas has been an ongoing part of my life here in Dallas.
My personal hobbies and interests are multifold. Food, local restaurants, and their chefs are high on my list. Supporting well-chosen charities is important to me. Music, either performed with friends or enjoyed in concerts, plays a big role in my life. I enjoy many different types of handcrafts and will not fear trying new techniques, it actually keeps me balanced and creative. My two German Shepherds enhance my joy of daily rhythms. Physical activities include yoga, riding my bicycle, spending time at the lake.
The ongoing happiness I feel comes from a positive outlook on life and the privilege of witnessing human beings struggle and succeed with emotional difficulties.
I'D LOVE TO HEAR
If you've been exploring the site and feel you are ready to meet face-to-face, I'd love the opportunity to hear your story, the good and the bad.
If you're ready to take that step, I'm here, eager to listen!