I have a direct approach to life as well as counseling.
I feel that the individuals I see respect truth and desire to hear the truth so they can move forward. My patients describe me as having an “out-of-the-box” approach with kids as well as adults.
My office is purposefully designed to not be the typical clinical setting. Having no desire for a standard office setting, I created instead an atmosphere of uniqueness, comfort, safety, and warmth.
I feel that each person I see has their own personalized jigsaw puzzle they bring to me, eager to put the many pieces in place. Together, we begin a discovery process by examining the pieces of their puzzle, leading them to understanding.
Our Unique Team
I graduated from Texas Tech over 25 years ago and obtained degrees in Child and Adolescent Development, Family Studies, and became a Child Development Specialist. I have worked with individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. I have also obtained the Certified Restorative Therapist, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Anger Control Counselor, Mediation Certification, and Life Coach Certifications.
My educational ideals were built on a direct and firm developmental approach. Understanding the developmental process of every human being is vitally important. Therefore, I explore life events with each individual or their parents, and this gives me a clear understanding of their growth, development, learning, adaptation, and coping skills during different life stages.
I have a direct approach to life as well as counseling. I feel that the individuals I see respect truth and desire to hear the truth so they can move forward. My patients describe me as having an “out-of-the-box” approach with kids as well as adults. My office is purposefully designed to not be the typical clinical setting. Having no desire for a standard office setting, I created instead an atmosphere of uniqueness, comfort, safety, and warmth. I feel that each person I see has their own personalized jigsaw puzzle they bring to me, eager to put the many pieces in place. Together, we begin a discovery process by examining the pieces of their puzzle, leading them to understanding.
I offer home visits when needed. Many times it is necessary for me to observe family units to understand how the family dynamics work or how a child acts in their home setting. This may mean recognizing a behavioral issue, witnessing a child not staying in their bed, or gaining insight into routines and family dynamics.
Whatever is agreed upon, whether it is me meeting with school teachers or administrators, making a home visit, speaking with key people in someone’s life, contacting an absent parent, talking with a child’s incarcerated parent, or contacting an estranged family member, I will do so…. When the outcome benefits someone’s life. Guess that is part of my “out-of-the-box” attitude about life.
Bring in your personalized jigsaw puzzle and we will begin the process.
Ivy & Skye the Golden Retrievers
Ivy and Skye are Golden Retrievers and quickly shaping up to fill the shoes of our beloved Dexter. They already demonstrates her innate ability to read human emotions, and her sweet loving disposition offers everyone compassion, unconditional love, and acceptance.
As Dexter did, Ivy and Skye are proving the positive impact animals have on humans, and they have already become part of many families. Whether allowing a child to hug and kiss on them, rolling over on their backs for a tummy rub, or requesting through their big puppy eyes to snuggle up on the couch with someone who is upset, Ivy and Skye are making many tough moments feel so much better.
Woody the Tortoise
Woody, a 47-pound Sulcata Tortoise, has been part of our family since 2015. Offering many kids and adults firsthand experience with such a unique animal, Woody gained his uniqueness and quirkiness from his adoptive dad, Jon Schambacher, a “Keller kid”.
Jon lived his life “out-of-the-box” and embraced his individuality. His passion for animals exuded in his life, and his eclectic talents were exhibited in his art as well as his personality. Jon’s kindness, love, geniality, loyalty, quirkiness, and humor touched many people throughout his life. His unexpected death due to sepsis on June 22, 2016 left many people grieving the loss of such an incredible individual.
Woody offers us an extension from Jon’s “out-of-the-box” approach to life.
Meet our three backyard chickens. Born late January of 2019, these girls are quickly growing into therapy chickens. We hold, feed, nurture, and love these chickens and observe them bond with humans. We are learning fascinating things about their behaviors, personalities, needs and how mother nature works.
Children are experiencing the process of caring for, nurturing, and loving animals that are not typically pets. Children of all ages, adults included, have experienced the chickens laying eggs, approaching when called, holding a chicken on her back as if she is a baby, and the closeness they share with one another.
How can chickens provide therapy? Stop by, we’ll show you!
Charlie the Bunny
Meet Charlie, our mini rex bunny born March of 2019. He is growing quickly and in training for pet therapy. Charlie will specialize in leash walking, cuddling, etc.
Charlie doesn’t solve or cure all of life’s problems, but he offers a sense of calmness and peace to individuals facing the difficult issues in their lives. The simple act of holding a bunny has proven to offer a seminal change, if only for a few brief minutes.
“Holding this little cute guy makes stop for a second and see that it is all going to be okay”.– Don W.
Sam & Simon the Therapy Cats
Meet Sam and Simon, our newest members of the therapy animal team! These two rambunctious felines were rescued by Barn Cats, Inc. in early 2021 and have quickly become the new therapy favorites among our patients.
Not only are they living their best life by keeping our therapy chickens safe from rodents and unwanted predators, but they also serve as a calm and comfort to many of our patients young and old.