Individual, Child & Family Therapist
Today’s families and Relationships are very difficult to maintain with such a fast paced society. Everyday there are stressors and different areas in our lives that need our attention. There does not seem to be enough time to take care of ourselves and our most precious relationships as well as our own emotions. Taking the time to invest in ourselves as well as our family relationships is the best reward that offers the best outcome.
Our children and adolescents are growing up in different times. It requires a different approach. With new understanding about mental health and how important this is to our life balance we need to invest in support and guidance for our children. Our children and adolescents need to learn to express emotions appropriately and safely. It is always important to have emotional balance as well as physical health as they grow into emotionally healthy young adults.
As a child and adolescent therapist it is important to meet the client where they are. There are different areas that we can focus on: Behavior concerns, attention and focus as well as different phases that interrupt our children’s cycle as they learn to fit in and where they are accepted. I will offer the support and the guidance that will help them navigate their young adult lives. With families I will offer the support to bridge differences, trust issues as well as finding solutions to smooth the everyday edges that create issues that press the seams of the family circle.
Being understood, being heard and validation of our feelings and emotions is something that we all strive for. Keeping the perfect balance in our lives is very difficult. When we experience grief our coping skills are challenged. Having a place to tell your story, be heard and someone who understands the value of the steps of grief is part of the recovery process. As your grief therapist I will listen and walk with you through this time of need.
Vanessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed through the State Board of Licensing in Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work also from Indiana University. Vanessa has a minor in Psychology as well as a Certificate in Case Management. Vanessa did an internship at Little Red Door Community Cancer Agency in Indianapolis. Also she did an internship at Larue Carter State Mental Hospital where she worked with Borderline Personality Disorders, Bipolar and Schizophrenic as well as Eating Disorders. Vanessa has experience in a domestic violence shelter also where women and children were housed full time and offered services.
Her experience is working at IU Simon Cancer Center providing therapy for cancer patients. Vanessa also worked at IU Riley Children’s Hospital doing trauma and abuse as well as inpatient work. In Houston Vanessa has worked for Memorial Hermann on their Psych Response team where she traveled to all Memorial Hermann Hospitals and provided on site psychological consultations for patients who were in need of psychological services. Vanessa also worked at the Memorial Hermann Crisis Clinic where they provided immediate therapy and medication consultation for patients who were in need of psychological crisis care. Vanessa currently works at University of Texas Health Science Center Physicians Clinic doing child and Adolescent therapy.