My counseling practice focuses on adolescents and adults, with an additional focus on LGBTQ+ populations, addiction, dual-diagnosis, spirituality, anxiety, gender identity, depression, divorce, grief and those who are recovering from religious abuse. I am held by deeply spiritual beliefs to help my LGBTQ+ community when possible. Meeting clients where they are at in life is always my starting point while building a relationship to facilitate change.
My therapy goals for my clients are to move from a place of pain and suffering to growth, healing and understanding. I help clients set goals, find inner power, and build social support to overcome obstacles, confront challenges, and achieve a balanced and full life.
Woodcrest Counseling provides a safe space for all to be welcomed, heard and understood. I understand how negative coping skills may destroy lives and I have discovered through my experiences, solutions are available to those who seek. I believe renewing spirituality may add an integral approach for recovery. I use a variety of evidence-based theoretical approaches, as well as EMDR to provide the best care possible.
Living with addiction or loving an addict may be devastating. Life can be exhausting from the endless cycles of trying to stop, manage, and recover and may leave feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and feeling terrified of what the future holds. I provide tools to help clients accept, heal, and move forward to a life without having to escape from emotions that may be difficult to handle and understand. I walk clients through each step of recovery in a deep and meaningful way.
A part of of my counseling practice is to help guide individuals who are on the path towards gender confirmation as they set goals, find inner strength, and build social support to overcome obstacles, confront challenges, and achieve a balanced blend of internal self with the external self. I also write letters for gender confirmation, gender marker changes, surgery and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
I specialize in providing a safe, therapeutic space for gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents and adults to understand, accept and embrace their sexuality and learn how to deal with the unique challenges and circumstances they may face in today's complex world. My cornerstones for working with LGBTQ clients are to increase social support, spirituality, identity and helping clients realize their full potential and foster relationships, whether that be a biological family or a chosen one. As a gay man, I understand the demands and pressure to conform and the heartbreak that comes from feeling rejected by those we love. Fostering authentic self-validation is critical in the healing process.
I accept BCBS, United Healthcare, Aetna and Cigna insurance. Out of network fees are $120 for all major credit cards and $100 for clients paying with cash. A $30 fee will be applied for specialized letters for gender confirmation, return to work, short-term disability and FMLA.
Tara, my amazing assistant will happily verify benefits and communicate regarding all financial matters.
I graduated from the University of North Texas at Dallas in 2015 and have been in practice for over 5 years under Texas License number #77639. I am also a Texas licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, #14831.
I am certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.