After graduating from Henderson State University with a degree in secondary education, I taught high school for 19 years before obtaining my master’s degree in mental health and secondary counseling at HSU in 2002. I then counseled high school students and their families for six years before retiring from education.
When working with clients, I often use Pia Mellody’s model of codependence, which is a state of immaturity in one of these five areas: Self Esteem (Loving the Self), Boundaries (Protecting and Containing the Self), Reality (Knowing the Self), Self Care and Interdependence (Taking Care of the Self), and Moderation (Moderating the Self). Most people have damage in one or most of these areas. Clients come to understand how old behavior patterns learned in their family-of-origin (FOO) from birth to age 17 and trauma issues keep them stuck and prevent them from growing and strengthening their Functional Adult, which is essential for successful relationships and a satisfying life.
I especially enjoy working with couples where I incorporate Pia Mellody’s model of codependence with Terry Real’s Relationship Empowerment Therapy (RLT). I examine family-of-origin issues to show the couple how they were “set up” for their present behaviors that are no longer working for them. I help them process how they got to where they are, teach tools to improve themselves, and empower the couple to make their relationships work better.
My treatment approach often includes Cognitive Behavioral, short-termed therapy to help clients see how their thoughts dictate their feelings (moods), which, in turn, directs their behavior. I teach clients how to track and interrupt their dysfunctional or irrational thoughts to work through unresolved issues and to improve their lives.
There is homework given between sessions that ranges from reading books, listening to CDs, journaling, medical consultations, attending AA or Alanon, or attending a specific workshop that furthers growth and healing.
Fees: $110-$150 per session depending on individual vs. couples/family therapy and the length of the session. Shortened and extended pro-rated sessions are available.
Insurance: I am an Arkansas BCBS and ComPsych provider. A statement of services will be provided for the client to file any other out-of-network insurance or flex spending plan if applicable.
Office Hours: Mondays-Fridays with evening and weekend appointments available upon request.