Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, United States Air Force Veteran, Doctoral student, writer, speaker, and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I am of Alaskan Native and African American decent. I grew up as a military dependent of a single parent father who retired with 24 years of honorable service in the Army. I joined the Air Force at 17 years old in 2006 and served on active duty for 11 years until June 2017. My service includes one deployment to Kuwait in 2010. I have lived in 11 locations in the country and made the El Paso, TX area my home since April 2018.
I am a Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at Elevated Horizons Consulting and Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate supervised by Shawna Munson, MA, LPC-S at Serenity House Counseling. I founded Elevated Horizons Consulting in 2021. I received my Associates of Science in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force in 2011. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Argosy University in 2014. I received my Masters of Arts degree in Counseling in 2018 from Webster University-San Antonio. I attained my LPC-Associate license in April 2020 and became a Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2021. I am currently a full-time student attending Mississippi College pursuing a Doctorate of Professional Counseling degree and anticipate graduating in December 2022.
I enjoy working with everyone; however, my specialty is veterans, service members, and their family members. As a mental health therapist, I focus on women veterans’ issues, veterans who have had previous suicidal ideation or survivors of suicide attempts, moral injuries such Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, colorism, toxic leadership within the military, and adjusting to military service transitions such as separations or retirements. Therapy is not associated with length of service, discharge status, or Veterans Affairs disability rating. I love what I do and dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community by understanding firsthand the sacrifices our military and family members selflessly make. However, I also see the need to talk about the things we didn’t have time to feel or unable to address while serving. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my primary therapeutic intervention, and work with adults individually. I am able to provide clinical hypnotherapy services by phone or online and to anyone, anywhere. All therapy is provided virtually with the exception of those residing in El Paso County, Texas. El Paso County residents are able to request face-to-face appointments on a case-by-case basis based on current local Covid-19 restrictions and space availability.
I was selected by Commissioner David Stout to accept appointment to the El Paso County Veterans Advisory Board in October 2020 and was elected as the first chairwoman of the board in March 2021. I love going to the movies, traveling, and trying new foods. I volunteer as a Peer Leader in the Women Veterans Network which provides me a way to meet and connect with fellow women veterans. Most recently, I have been accepted to serve as a veteran mentor in the El Paso County Veterans Treatment Court. I am honored to be able to write about topics surrounding mental health, women veterans, and veteran issues in our community.