One Tough Cookie
I am a native Houstonian and first-generation college student. I have a Master of Arts in Counseling in preparation for LPC/ LMFT licensure and Master of Divinity. I interned at Methodist Hospital as a chaplain intern for four months. During one of my n call weekends, I provided chaplain support to an older lady whose spouse suddenly died. Being a widow myself, I empathized with her and I also allowed myself to engage in active listening by allowing her to tell her story. I sat with her in her pain, which has shaped me as a chaplain, counselor, and writer. My experience as a chaplain resident at Memorial Hermann Hospital from 2017-2018 provided me with the opportunity to provide emotional and spiritual support to diverse populations and observe grief in its different forms. My residency enabled me to cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and fostered in me a teachable spirit. I recall one particular experience in which I provided chaplain support to a middle-aged Hispanic couple. I provided chaplain support in their language. They opened up to me, and they provided me with the gift of being able to step into their world. These experiences fostered in me a deeper sense of cultural humility. Ultimately, these experiences fueled me to pursue and obtain my LPC-Intern license, being supervised by Robin Exum and my LCDC licensure. I will soon be starting my Doctorate in Professional Counseling specializing in the area of trauma, grief, and loss. My 14 years of experience with children and 8 years of experience with the elderly population have provided me with personal and professional growth. I am on the Board of Directors for GettingSorted.com, which is an organization that works with children who have learning differences and their families. This particular organization has allowed me to advocate for a specific population that can sometimes be overlooked or ignored--children with learning differences. Because my middle goddaughter is autistic, I witnessed firsthand the challenges that parents face. I facilitate grief support groups at Bo's Place. My passions include ministry, creative writing, and counseling. I hold memberships with the following groups, Texas LPC Intern Association, Urban CEO Network, and Houston Licensed Professional Counseling Association. My testimony is one of faith, resiliency, and strength, which is heavily reflected in my writing.
My journey over these last 12 years has led me to believe that your greatest place of pain can become your greatest place of ministry.