Qualifications, Credentials, Experience
It is important that you have information concerning your therapist’s background and experience and that you feel assured your issues will be empathetically and expertly treated.
I graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. After graduating I earned a Paralegal Certificate sponsored by the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office and LaTourneau University.
I received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and began my career as an intern therapist at the Andrews Center, MHMR in Tyler, Texas. After earning the initial state licensure needed to practice clinical work in Texas I began my career treating at-risk populations in Harrison County at Marshall Family Services/Sabine Valley MHMR; at-risk children and adolescents, in-patient, at Meadows Pines Hospital in Longview, Texas, and adults, in-patient, with acute mental health issues at ETMC/Behavioral Health Center in Tyler, Tx.
Later, I was Staff Psychologist for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Bradshaw State Jail, Henderson, Tx. and Billy Moore Units, Overton, Tx.
Based on experience with the diverse populations mentioned above I accepted a position with the East Texas Crisis Center, Tyler, Tx., as the Domestic Violence Program Director, and, later, Clinical Administrator.
While at the Crisis Center I was qualified as an Expert Witness on Battered Woman Syndrome wherein I provided expert witness testimony in court for victims of domestic violence charged with capital crimes, i.e., murder, attempted murder, arson, custody disputes and Child Protective Services Intervention.
After earning the seminal licensure in the State of Texas (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), allowing clinicians to go into private practice, I practiced in Temple and Killeen Texas, primarily treating military and civilian personnel stationed at Ft. Hood. Interventions included family therapy, marital counseling and individual therapy, and family crisis intervention specifically for the diagnosis of PTSD for soldiers and personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan or facing repeat deployments.