Is your family struggling with a recent or upcoming change? Coparenting concerns? Addiction and/or chronic mental health issues?
If you've been court-appointed to participate in Parenting Facilitation, I can be a resource when the stakes are high.
Are you required by court to have an evaluation, or would you or a family member benefit from looking more deeply into substance use habits?
Have you or your child(ren) been ordered to attend therapy?
Do you need guidance on more effectively coparenting your children?
Are you in need of therapeutic support but unsure where to start?
I've spent over 10 years working in acute care hospital settings, with both adolescents and adults with primary substance use and/or mental health issues, as a Licensed Professional Counselor. During that time, I recognized an increased need for clients and their families to become part of their own care; to be educated on their diagnosis, prognosis, and to feel empowered to create change in their own lives. I decided to found Aperture Counseling & Consulting in order to fill this gap in treatment and provide services that are custom tailored, solution focused, and education heavy to my clients and their families in the times they need it most.
In addition to my Master of Science in Counseling, I also hold a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management with a specialization in Family Systems. I am a trained Parenting Coordinator and Parenting Facilitator in the State of Texas, and have experience working with high-conflict divorcing/never-married couples, custody evaluations, and various coparenting counseling situations.
I am a native Dallasite, SMU Mustang X3, and an avid photographer. I can often be found outdoors (likely with a camera in hand) with my husband, two boys, and my dog, Wubbie.
Let me help you find your best light.
Education & Experience:
Having worked in acute care settings for the past 11 years, I have grown to love working with individuals from a family systems perspective. I cater mostly to clients who have experienced higher levels of care (hospitalization, RTC, PHP/IOP) and would benefit from ongoing individual care with a clinician familiar with higher acuity. I also work individually with clients who desire to gain insight into problematic substance use and/or mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. While working with individuals, I utilize a family systems approach, educating and including family members as necessary during treatment.
Divorce, custody/possession arrangements, changes in living situation, and other family law issues can all be very difficult life changes. These can also be highly-contentious times between parties. While PF is NOT therapy, I can be a resource to you as a PF to educate on childhood development, learn new coparenting strategies, and implement change so you can move forward, and your child(ren) can thrive.
Whether brought on by legal issues or concerned friends/family, or as a requirement to return to work, a substance abuse evaluation can help bring clarity to the way you use or abuse substances, as well as find an appropriate level of care to treat the issue. I can use my 10+ years of experience in direct treatment of individuals with substance use disorders to help you get the information you need to get back on track.
If you or your child(ren) have been ordered to attend therapy during a leal process, I will help support as named/ordered therapist in your/your child(rens) case. I have worked extensively with both adults and adolescents, on both mental health and/or substance use disorders, and am familiar with forensic cases.
Coparenting is difficult! Whether a recent change to living arrangements, marital status, or ongoing coparenting or parenting issues of your child are causing family struggles, I can help. I utilize a solution-focused approach by providing detailed and highly-tailored treatment and parenting plans, and utilize a research and education-heavy approach to get you back where you should be; enjoying life as a family.
If you have a loved one, or you are an attorney with a client who is struggling with mental health issues, substance use issues, or a combination of both and something needs to be done, but you aren't sure what, I can guide the way. There are so many levels of care from outpatient therapy, to hospital day programs, to traditional "rehab" or residential programs, and its hard to know which one is best suited to you/your loved one's/client's situation. With my extensive history of hospital based experience, I can provide an assessment of your situation, and provide personalized guidance on different levels of care and which will best support your current needs.
The aperture is the opening where the light enters the camera and creates an image on film. I believe in truly individualized care, because though we may be photographing the same subject, our photos may look very different. I firmly believe that the therapeutic process should follow three simple steps: Aim, Focus, Develop.
Aim- what is the problem we're trying to solve?
Focus- how do we best solve that problem?
Develop- what skills can I teach you and/or education can I pass along to help you avoid or solve these problems yourself in the future?
Let me help you find a new perspective.
Simple. Call or email me and I'll get in touch to discuss your options. My services aren't for everyone, and I'll make sure you end up in the right place whether it's with me or elsewhere.
No. Insurance often does not cover "over and above" care, and I'm all about "over and above." I can, however, provide a superbill that you can send to your insurance company that may help offset the cost of services, depending on your insurance provider and plan. Insurance also does not cover Parent Facilitation, as it is not therapy.
I accept major credit and debit cards, cash, checks, Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), depending on the services you are seeking.