I was born and raised in a traditional family in Mexico. I came to the US as a teenager and it was difficult to adjust. I then join the Army to pay my way through college. When working towards my masters,I became a teacher. I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we have 2 teens. My life might seem perfect, but as you may have heard before, most people in the psychology and counseling fields have had struggles of their own.
Why did I choose counseling?
As a 12 year old, I struggled with the death of my grandmother who was everything to me. However, in the 90s and in Mexico kids didn’t grieve or were allowed to say their goodbyes. Her death and the inability to grieve properly marked my life for years to come.
Marriage: Well, whoever tells you they have the perfect marriage, they are lying to you! Our problems started after my son was diagnosed with Autism and I was diagnosed with PTSD after my tour in Iraq. While finishing my bachelors in psychology, I realized that there is no cure for autism, rather it was us (the parents) that needed help understanding the syndrome and learning how to cope with the situation. Marriage is not easy, but after many ups and downs and therapy, I know that it is possible to have a healthy relationship.
Experience & Approach
Worked with children and adolescents for 6 years.
Worked with different populations ranging from 3 to 63 for 2 years.
My approach in working with kids years and up is through art, play, and different activities.
Challenging my clients to change their thought process is a priority.
Together finding coping skills that work for each client.
Use a client-centered approach.
M.Ed in Counseling and Education at UTRGV
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UTB
Licensed Professional Counselor TX# 78841
Certified School Counselor
6 yrs old and up, women, man, couples
Anxiety, stress, depression, marital problems, life transitions, grieving process
Facts about me
I love coffee
I am a fan of Grey’s Anatomy
I am a Houston Astros fan (baseball is the best)
I can listen to country music or rock en espanol all day