My passion is to work with clients to overcome negative perceptions of self and remove roadblocks that prevent happy and healthy relationships. In my therapeutic training, I decided to add on a specialization in sexuality. Sexuality is an area where most of us may feel discomfort or confusion. Sexuality is not just a set of behaviors or activities; sexuality is core to our identity and provides a lens for how we engage in the world.
We may struggle with questions like,
How can I find the love I want?
Why do I act this way in my relationships?
How can I be the best partner that I want to be?
Why do I keep repeating the same patterns in relationships?
Healthy sexuality is expressed in many different ways but we may feel shame, guilt or other negative feelings based on value judgments that we inherited through different avenues. Clients may come in with a concern about their sexual preferences, questions about gender, or their relationship patterns. We work together to explore how this is impacting their life and how best to move forward. Through the counseling relationship, we will identify your goals and work to improve areas you feel need some work to get you back on track.
Education & Certifications
MPM School Marisa Peer Method
C. Hyp. (Certified Hypnotist), RTT, 2018
Ph.D., Human Sexuality, 2016
Southern Methodist University
M.S., Counseling, 2012
University of Texas
M.E.D., Sports Management, 2000
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors
Texas Counseling Association
Speaking Engagements and Publications
October 2018: Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy - “Working with Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Communities”
May 2017: 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health – “GPS-Enabled Apps & Gay Male Relationships: Measuring Impacts of Partner Usage on Relationship & Sexual Satisfaction”
February 2017: 2017 Adolescent Symposium of Texas – “Swiping, Sexting, & Snapchatting: Adolescent Relationships in the Digital Age
February 2016: Greenhill Parent Association – “Media Consumption, Gender Socialization, & Teenagers”
January 2014: UT Dallas Brown Bag Luncheon - "Asexuality"
November 2013: UT Dallas Brown Bag Luncheon - "Finding LGBT-Friendly Medical Practitioners"
February 2013: SMU Student Event -"Sexuality on Campus"
May 2013: Qualitative Health Research (journal) - Letter to Editor "Additional Considerations Regarding Barebacking Contradictions"