Hello, thank you for considering me to assist you in whatever journey life has brought you. Yes, a journey. Challenges are experiences that get us to the next stage of our personal development. However we should never feel like we have to go there alone.
I completed the Master's in Social Work program with a minor in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Within about two years of graduating, I became clinically licensed in New Mexico and the next year in Texas. I have 15 years of experience in individual, marital, family, and group therapy. Much of my work time has been with military personnel and their families. This clinical experience exposed me to working with many people from all over the world and with a variety of cultural backgrounds. Approaches in treatment are a combination of strengths-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, relationship dynamic approaches, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, addiction issues, and more. Applying a variety of approaches in treatment are necessary because no therapy is suitable for how dynamic we are as human beings.
I apply a holistic approach with cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and person in environment approaches.
The goal of treatment is to show clients they had the skills and internal resources to meet their personal goals. It is just at times we need to do it in a non-judgmental environment.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
TX LCSW 55590
NM LCSW C-07420
VA LCSW 0904015284
Ona is a wonderful therapist! Highly knowledgable, thoughtful, and caring. She gives me great context, suggestions, and new perspectives on my issues. She is also nonjudgmental of me, or the family members I'm having problems with. I really appreciate this supportive neutrality. It makes me feel safe to tell her all of the bad stuff about me and my family knowing that she will help me parse it out with kindness and understanding.
Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management
She is very caring and thoughtful. She remembers everything and always ask about my personal things going on. I recommend her to everyone. She’s a person I can actually bond with and form a relationship
Written on Nov 07, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
She’s the best. She is always giving helpful advice. She breaks down issues in a way that is easy to understand. Overall, she is just the best!
Written on Oct 26, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem
Super kind and asks all the right questions to really make you think about your own thought process and others' as well. I struggled long term with a lot of past emotions and I feel like I'm able to put in work to understand them and better myself.
Written on Oct 23, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes
She has been really great and insightful. She listens to me and gives me feedback and ideas that I can apply to my everyday life. She challenges me to feel comfortable with my choices, to stand up for myself and to stick by my decisions. I have enjoyed our conversations and sessions very much and feel like it has helped me get started back on the right track in life.
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Ona is really nice and down to earth, talking to her is like talking to a life ling friend she’s always asking questions and offering her best advice!
Written on Jul 17, 2023 after therapy with Ona for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd