As a child, I grew up in a Military household with unique dynamics. I did not begin to appreciate the dynamics until I became an adolescent. Growing up in a military household taught me structure and confidence while also teaching me discipline and integrity. I began to wonder about the dynamics and systems of other households. My curiosity lead me to Abilene Christian University to study Psychology Pre-med.
As time progressed I developed a greater zeal for understanding of systems and their functioning. I have concluded my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration of Military families at Abilene Christian University Online.
I hope to help children that were like me, families that were like mine as well as families that differ from mine. All families have a unique dance and as a Family Service Specialist I desire to help you discover your rhythm.
To reset and relieve stress, I enjoy reading, going to the gym and researching. I enjoy watching complicated movies as well as comedies. Traveling is my favorite way to change my scenery and learn about history in different locations.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
I began life in a small town south of the Metroplex, but my parents moved to Irving when I was just 3 years old. I graduated from Irving High School. After that I worked in the machining trade for many years.
Ready for change in my career, I returned to college with the goal of becoming an addictions counselor. After earning my masters degree, I became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2016, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in early 2019. I have academic expertise, and decades of experience in life and all its complications. Those include interpersonal relationships, employment difficulties, existential stress and anxiety, periods of transition, substance abuse, and other behavioral issues.
The population of DFW has doubled in my adult lifetime, and it's certainly a different world than the one many of us grew up in. I can relate to the laborer, the blue collar tradesman, or the degreed professional. I understand how mental health issues and addiction problems are often two sides of the same dysfunctional coin.
At age 17 years old, my casual use of alcohol and other drugs had been growing to be a major part of my lifestyle. It started with recreational use on the weekends, but with time it turned my life upside down. I did the AA and NA meetings, and several substance abuse treatment programs, but nothing seemed to work for me. Finally I reached the infamous "rock bottom" that you may have heard about. I found my faith in God, and with His help I achieved my recovery from alcohol and drugs on March 28, 2007, and I have been in a period of uninterrupted sobriety since then. I have had field experience in five different counseling venues, including residential and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. My preferred counseling methods are Reality Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have spent time as a client, and as a counselor, and I look forward to helping you find the best path down that difficult stretch of road in your life.
The unpredictability of life makes human experiences beautiful and mesmerizing, however there is a stigma that prevents many people from seeing this.
In many cases, the hope of a better future is killed due to a lack of education of mental illness and traditional bondage. I would like to be a voice for many out there who have their dreams kept hidden underneath their bondage of depression, anxiety and stress.
I grew up in a land were over 100 languages are spoken, diversity in cultures, and delicious food. I lived in India for 9 years and later relocated to Dubai, UAE where I completed my education. I attended Texas Woman's University were I received a Bachelors in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my masters in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University located in Chicago, Illinois. I have lived in the DFW area for about 5 years now which makes me an honorary Texan.
Growing up in a traditional Indian background, mental illness is not considered normal. Instead, it is considered to be shameful and skeptical.
People and their life experiences have always fascinated me as long as I can remember. From the first psychology class I took in high school to this very day, I have known that this is where my passion lies. I truly understood my love for the human mind and my passion to discover its mysteries. Therefore, my path to counseling was nothing but linear.
The quote, "A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure" by Henry Kissinger is a great reflection of the growth you can experience from therapy.