Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

What is SSP? The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP), backed by clinical trials and real-world evidence, informed by Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory reduces sound sensitivities and improves auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement...

EMDR: trauma counseling for overwhelming events

Over the last 20 years of providing evidence based counseling to children, families and women, I’ve been watching the research grow around EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing works to help clients with trauma counseling for overwhelming events in...

Summer Memories

Let’s face it, summer can be really HOT. Other than that, what do you remember about summer as a child? Were you outside more with friends, at summer camp, or in a child care center going on field trips. During the busy school year, there is a rhythm and routine...
Your Rings, Your Story

Your Rings, Your Story

I love trees, especially in the hot TX summers. Mature, strong trees provide shade to cool off, strong limbs for fun & imagination, & a strong trunk for a great resting place. While much of nature takes advantage of what is seen, there is a story in that tree...
Living Tenaciously

Living Tenaciously

A man had a tenacious dream to open his own restaurant in New Orleans but real estate was pricey.  A few years ago, he made it to the show “Chopped”.  He planned to use the winnings as a downpayment for his dream.  He made it to the final round but cut his finger so...
New Year: Resolution or Goal-Setting

New Year: Resolution or Goal-Setting

It’s 2018, and time to begin the obligatory resolution discussion. With the new year comes hope that things will finally be different. You will finally lose the weight, finally stop smoking, finally do the things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t. But the reality...
Food and Boundaries Part 1

Food and Boundaries Part 1

Is your relationship with food healthy or unhealthy? That may be a difficult question to answer. You may not even realize that you have a relationship with food in the first place, but everyone does, and for most people it is a very complicated one. A good way to...

The Paradox of Shame and Vulnerability in Counseling

So you’ve been thinking about going to counseling, but you’re afraid. You know that you might have to talk about the things you’ve kept hidden, those areas of shame, and willingly expose your vulnerability. I have a decoration with these words displayed in my office:...

Social Media and Comparison

The way you talk about yourself doesn’t just effect you, especially when it comes to social media. Whether positive or negative, the way you talk about yourself can actually have a significant impact on the way others see and think about themselves. You are modeling...