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Finding Meaning

For clients with existential concerns.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) in Austin, TX as well as a writer. I like to work with individuals who are committed to being true to themselves. This takes courage and risks disappointing others—but is important in terms of embracing one's sense of self. People-pleasing is a self-sabotaging, soul-killing behavior.

I am an Attachment-based therapist with a focus on meaning-of-life concerns.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in English

Master of Arts in Counseling

 

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Holding the Center

Just when we thought the pandemic was subsiding and life was returning to normal, the Delta variant burst upon the world. In Austin,...

Hope on the Horizon

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I Can’t Breathe

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COVID Journal 4/8/20

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COVID Journal 4/3/20

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The Spiritual Power of Depression

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The Interestings

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The Zen of Remote Coaching

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The 3 Simple Hallmarks of Well-Being

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What IS Therapy, Anyway? Part 2

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What IS Therapy, Anyway? Part 1

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The Poignant Dichotomy of Old Age

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When Our Bodies—and Time—Betray Us

Recently, our daughter, Owen, 28, followed by her older brother, Jesse, 30, got married within two months of each other. While both were...

Jesse/Wedding Speech

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I Am the Cosmos*

Our daughter Owen got married a few weeks ago. It was, by all accounts, a joyous occasion. It was the one cold, damp evening of the...

Peacocks and Poachers

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The Empty/Emptying Nest

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