More than a little about Wes.....
My Interest in Therapy
I have always been drawn to an understanding of others’ behaviors. Or, more to the point, I have always been curious about why people do the things they do, even when they are unhealthy, ill-advised, or otherwise counter intuitive. That was my initial interest in psychology, fostered by observations on the playground, in church, at parties, in the workplace…anywhere people gather, behaviors happen that left me trying to understand what I was witnessing, making sense of the “why.” Once the why becomes clear, making the transition from maladaptive to healthy, prosocial functioning completes the cycle I find so interesting.
I have worked with diverse problems that have included mood issues, anxiety problems, stress management, anger management, relationship problems, social skills training, sexual trauma, pervasive developmental issues, ADHD, PTSD, meditation and mindfulness, and personality disorders. I have specialized training and expertise in neuropsychological assessment, including specialized diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Additionally, I have experience working in the forensic arena in terms of psychological assessment, court-ordered counseling, sentencing/mitigation investigations and trial consulting.
I did not start out with a large gay clientele. I was focused on general clinical issues and a few LGBTQ clients found me. Then a few more, and a few more after that. It did not take long for me to see this as a professional calling of sorts. Before I knew it I was developing a rewarding niche practice. Since then, I have worked with diverse issues affecting our community that include navigating the coming out process, sexual orientation identity, understanding what it means to be transgender or gender diverse, navigating the gender transition process, relationship struggles, family issues, sexual concerns, mood issues, anxiety problems, and stress management. Understanding that LGBTQ clients frequently struggle to incorporate their identities into the mainstream culture, identity exploration and formation has become a large part of my work.
Training and Licensure
Licensed Professional Counselor #69918
Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
National Certified Counselor #717656
Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors
Master of Science
Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology
University of Texas at Tyler
Bachelor of Arts
University of Texas at Dallas
My Interest in Life
As a person, I have lots of interests outside of my professional identity. I am a bit of an artist. I am an avid reader of all genres of literature. Binge watching Netflix is a guilty pleasure. I enjoy great meals with friends, running, movies, hiking, my cats, family outings, dancing with friends until we look utterly silly, watching live sports, politics, social justice, philanthropy….and the list goes on and on!