ABOUT ME

Welcome! I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where I specialized in motivation and teaching clinical practice. Since the late 90’s, I have been practicing as a therapist in trauma, addictions, in private practice, and at medical locations. I have also taught counseling courses at different universities in Texas. I enjoy working with diverse communities, and I focus on a person’s resilience through promoting  inner-strengths, self-awareness, and self-care.cropped-miki-4

Topics

I have worked extensively with adults and youth who have experienced stressful changes related to:

SADNESS WORRIES
depression anger
bipolar obsessiveness
low self-worth attention
trauma motivation
RELATIONSHIPS TRANSITION
communication
career/education
dependence loss
family topics purpose
separation/divorce
religion/spirituality
HEALTH CULTURE
addictions international
illness LGBTQ+
injury race
pain
women’s issues

Approaches

Treatment Orientation that I use are based on your preferences and needs. These approaches may include:

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Motivational Interviewing
Compassion Focused Narrative
Culturally Sensitive
Prolonged Exposure
Dialectical (DBT)
Solution Focused
Existential Somatic
Interpersonal
Strength-Based/Positive Psychology
Mindfulness
Trauma-Focused

Personal Interests

For fun, I get out into the Texas sunshine, swim in rivers, hike, play with my dog, and watching indie film.