First and foremost, I am a mother; a caring, usually worried, sometimes fearful, real mom to four amazing, rambunctious boys. I was raised by two psychologists, and have always had a natural deep interest in human interaction and genuine relationships. I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University in the summer of 2014. Now, a therapist myself, I work with teenagers and parents. Working with teenagers growing up in today's fast-paced, tech-filled world has given me a new perspective on parenting and how I raise my boys.
As a parent coach, I share my research on today’s teen depression, anxiety and suicide rate focusing on parent/child connection. I strive to provide motivation and hope for families in my office as well as across the nation through my presentations.
My book, For the Sake of Our Youth, was published April 2020. I became passionate in the topic of teen suicide when I began working with teenagers and realized something very big and scary had changed since I was a teenager. No matter what the struggle is, teenagers today oftentimes go to the thought of suicide much too quickly. My attention was caught and I couldn't look away.
I researched and found 6 cultural influences that have contributed to the rise in suicide and self harm amongst teens and young adults today. As parents, we are doing the best we can with the information that we have. My hope is for parents to read my book to have better understanding of how today's cultural is negatively effecting their children and what steps they can take to create a healthier and positive lifestyle.
My husband, Joseph and I live just north of Houston, Texas where we are actively raising our four sons and continuing the fight against today’s cultural effects.