“A ship at harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for”
- John A. Shedd
Supervised by Matthew Dewit LCSW
Anna graduated from Texas State and is currently receiving her masters from Niagara University. Before she pursued counseling she worked in the non-profit field and taught for several years. Anna is originally from the Rio Grande Valley and appreciates the mixture of cultures. Being bi racial allowed her to understand the different dynamics of cultures and religions.
In her free time Anna enjoys baking, crafting, dancing and traveling. Being a teacher for several years taught her the importance of time management and self care. Therefore she loves to take time doing things she enjoys and loves cozy time with her cat!
Private Pay / Self Pay
Low Cost / Sliding Scale
I’m so happy you’re here! Seeking out therapy can be overwhelming but I’m here to help. Life has many challenges and sometimes we need to talk through things. I want to provide a safe space to whomever needs to talk through life's challenges. My goal is to foster a non judgemental environement for individuals to share their experiences. Whether that is a struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or life transitions I want to be there for you. Let's build a toolkit to manage stress and equip you with the tools to manage difficult feelings and feel peace.
How I Work
I think it is important that we first discuss what you’d like to get out of therapy then move from there. After we build a relationship and discuss goals we can determine what approach will be helpful.
I love exploring different approaches because different modalities can work with different people. Regardless of the approach you chose I will stick to a person centered and compassion focused approach. I enjoy utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with an existential view. Regardless of where our sessions lead us I will continue to guide and encourage you to a healthier life.
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I was drawn to the counseling field because of my desire to help others navigate life's challenges. Life can be difficult and witnessing the positive impact that counseling can have on individuals and their well-being inspired me to pursue a career dedicated to supporting and empowering people on their personal journeys.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I would remind individuals that it is ok to say “no”. People that care about you would never pressure you to do something that is out of your capacity. It is easier to be there for others when you take care of yourself first.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
I have! I’ve learned a lot through the counseling process. I learned how to take a step back when life becomes overwhelming.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
I would recommend “Heart Talk” by Cleo Wade. It is short and sweet offering creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations.
Who is your ideal client?
Honestly I don't have one! I love meeting new people and chatting about anything/everything.
What inspires you to help others?
I’m inspired to help others because I know what a difference a good support system can make.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I practice self care but creating routines for myself. Making sure my needs are met so I can put my best foot forward. I also try to make time for hobbies like painting, dancing, baking and cozy time.
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?
Oprah (of course), Søren Kierkegaard, and Steve Carrell.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
I enjoy practicing mindfulness because it is something that comes natural to humans. I would practice mindfulness during a session by starting with some mindful breathing to center themselves as we go into the session. I would also do some mindful reflection during the session. This could allow the client to observe their thoughts or some feelings they shared in a non judgemental way.