“Of all things the turtle stands for perhaps the most upstanding is its feature to take all of life one step at a time. Steady, stable and pragmatic. We should never turn our noses at these attributes. After all, every great undertaking is done one small action after another – the turtle reminds us of this.”
I was awarded the nickname “Turtle” by my dad (Sargent 1st class) because I was “slow” to help with chores around the house and truthfully, a bit lazy. Little did I know the symbolism the turtle possesses! Little did my Dad, who is now deceased, know that his little “Turtle” would become a counselor and use his nickname as a basis for how I believe life should be approached.
Why did I decide to become a counselor? My passion for people and the human spirit that can so easily be destroyed by the adversities that life bestows upon us gave me the desire to help others. God gave me Grace after I was put up for adoption at 3 months old, and blessed me with two loving parents who allowed me to have a life my birthmother could never have given me. My journey has taken many turns as I too experienced severe anxiety and depression, but through it all I have learned to take life “one step at a time.” Based on my experiences, I know I can help others persevere and find the strength to embrace life’s challenges.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Education in 1995 from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In 2009, I earned my Master of Science in Counseling/Family Counseling from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. I have worked with children and adolescents for 27 years, teaching 1st– 8th grade. I began my Counseling Career working as a school counselor for Robstown ISD in 2012 and Seashore Charter Schools thereafter. I also earned experience with clinical counseling working part time for C2 Counseling and Coastal Synergy Associates- counseling primarily children, adolescents, and young adults.