1. Recovery from Childhood Trauma

    PATH TO ADDICTION AND TRAUMA RECOVERY I’m a clinical psychologist and have worked and trained in psychology, and specifically, childhood trauma and addiction for 23 years.  For almost an equal amount of time, I have engaged in my own psychotherapy to ‘fix’ my own childhood trauma.  When clients come to me it is almost always because they are trying to stop an addiction.  Maybe they stoppe…Read More

  2. 9 Benefits of Telehealth Therapy

    With COVID-19 still affecting the country as a whole, and Texas in particular, telehealth therapy has seen a steady rise among those looking for individual or couples counseling. To that end, I am excited to offer clients across the State of Texas access to my telehealth therapy services through a secure online platform. My expansion into telehealth has allowed me to connect with individuals who m…Read More

  3. What Is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)?

    One of my specialties as a psychotherapist is helping survivors of childhood trauma. Childhood trauma is alarmingly common in the United States with nearly 60% of adults having experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and 25% having experienced three or more. An ACE is a public health term for a potentially traumatic experience or event that occurs during a person’s childhood…Read More

  4. 5 Tips for Avoiding Relapse as a Sex Addict

    Addiction is a chronic disease, and no matter whether you’ve been in recovery for ten days or ten years, relapse is always a possibility. That’s why it’s important to always stay vigilant when it comes to avoiding places, people, and situations that may compromise your recovery. In this blog post, we share five tips for avoiding relapse as a recovering sex addict. If you live in the Austin a…Read More

  5. What Is Limerence?

    If you or a loved one are in treatment for love addiction, then you may have heard the term “limerence” before. This is a term that us addiction psychologists like to use to refer to a kind of infatuation that is a subset of love addiciton. Today, many scientists and mental health professionals believe that limerence is not only a psychological state but also a neurological one, caused by low …Read More

  6. EMDR for Sex Addiction

    Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a relatively new intervention for helping individuals recover from trauma and addiction. Originally developed in the 1990s for PTSD, EMDR is becoming an increasingly popular therapy for people suffering from mental health issues of all kinds, including depression, anxiety, and addiction. Several studies have shown strong anecdotal evi…Read More

  7. Battling Addiction During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everybody, but active and recovering addicts face their own unique challenges. For active addicts, their substance of choice may be difficult to access, resulting in painful or even deadly withdrawals. For those in recovery, support systems may no longer be available, and daily routines may have been turned on their heads — both circumstances that can …Read More

  8. Mental Well-Being In The Time Of COVID-19

    How do you stay (mentally) healthy during a Pandemic?   The increasing number of stories in the ever growing, often journalistically questionable  media outlets cause your limbic system (fight, flight or freeze) to idle much higher than normal, but ultimately there isn’t much to “do”.  Rather, you are asked to “shelter in place”, wash your hands vigorously and regularly, and reduce y…Read More

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    Shopping Addiction Over the Holidays, Part 2

    The holidays are known for their mirth and their laughter. However, the holidays can also be an especially hard time of year if you are suffering from a shopping addiction. A shopping addiction is a process addiction, since you are addicted to the process of shopping and the feeling you get when you purchase something. A shopping addiction is something you cannot control; you feel propelled to sho…Read More

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    Shopping Addiction Over the Holidays, Part 1

    The holidays are a joyous time of year. Families get together and celebrate their many blessings they’ve had this holiday season, as well as looking forward to the new year. While the holidays should be a slowdown period where we rest from work like in the days of our agricultural society, today it is usually a period of hustle and bustle. From having coffee with friends to shopping for the perf…Read More