BS (Elem Ed/Early Childhood Ed): Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1976 MFA (Creative Writing--Fiction): Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1980 MA (Counseling): Webster University, Ft. Bliss, TX, 2000 Child/Adolescent Program Manager,El Paso Behavioral Health System El Paso, TX 2012 - present. Part-time Graduate faculty, University of Phoenix, Counseling Program, 2004 - Present. Former Lead Faculty/Area Chair; Certified Advanced Facilitator. Private Practice, Counseling Center of Expressive Arts, El Paso, TX 2007 - 2012 Director of Clinical Services, Peak Behavioral Health, Santa Teresa, NM, 2007 Director of Education and Therapeutic Activities, Peak Behavioral Health, Santa Teresa, NM, 2003, - 2007 Program Manager, Alliance Hospital/Peak Behavioral Health, Santa Teresa, NM, 1991 - 2003
Far West Texas Association for Play Therapy, El Paso TX, 2007 - present. Served as Board Member, President Elect, President, and Past President. Have also provided a number of CEU workshops. NBCC, Trainer of Trainers, MHF Program. Church of St Clement, El Paso, TX: lay eucharistic minister, lay reader, praise band musician.
I "grew up" professionally working in an acute care psychiatric facility, when I was made Children's Program Director in 1991, with only a background in special education. I was certified in Reality Therapy in 1997, before I had even completed my counseling degree. I have done clinical supervision since 2003. I have been seriously involved with play therapy and expressive therapies--especially sand tray--since 2007. I have served several times as an expert witness in civil and custody trials. For fun, I play guitar and bass; draw cartoons; and play with my three dogs (all rescued dogs). I've been in private practice since Oct, 2016.