About Tina

My mission

I have thirty years of experience in the field of counseling and spiritual direction. A decade of that experience is in school counseling. Being a counselor turned coach with school experience makes me uniquely able to handle the multifaceted challenges that face families with an anxious or distracted parent or student. It is my mission to make your child’s time at school and your life at work, easier and empower you to live with better efficiency and joy.

 

How I started working with ADHD folks

It was during my time as a school counselor, that I noticed that some very bright and capable students were not able to show, through their grades, how talented they really were. I spent years researching why this was, with some of the foremost authorities on ADHD and executive skill function. I developed a student training and support group that included training and consultation sessions for the parents. I saw my students’ blossom in confidence, motivation, organization and improved self-esteem.  The biggest surprise was how quickly they made changes with very minimal skill training and support.

Many parents were relieved and hopeful after only one information meeting. They had a framework for understanding and meeting their child where they were, that replaced the confusion and frustration that previously had occupied their mind. They also began to identify their own issues with ADHD and executive skill weaknesses and used coaching to improve their home and work life. Many felt they finally understood why life had been so stressful for them!

Education and Credentials

  • Master of Arts, Counseling –  Marshall University, College of Graduate Studies, Huntington, WV
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with Minor in Business: University of Charleston, Charleston, WV
  • Board Certified Coach – College of Executive Coaching, Houston. TX
  • National Counselor Certification – American Counseling Association
  • Certified Spiritual Director – Cenacle Retreat House, Charleston, WV

Key Professional Development

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Russell Barkley (Houston, TX)
  • ADHD as a Disorder of the Executive Functions by Russell Barkley (Houston, TX)
  • Smart but Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and School (Houston, TX)
  • Late, Lost and Unprepared by Laurie Dietzel Ph.D (Houston, TX)
  • Play Therapy Training – Depelchin Center (Houston, TX)
  • Flippen Leadership Series – The Flippen Group (Houston, TX)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Training – CISM (Houston, TX)
  • Contemplative Dialogue Training – The Yardley Group (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Redecision Therapy Training– Southeast Institute for Redecision Therapy (Chapel Hill, NC)

My students have attended the following schools:

  • Baylor University
  • Texas A&M
  • Blinn College
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • St Thomas University
  • Stephen F Austin
  • Houston Community College
  • Lonestar Community College
  • Strake Jesuit
  • St Agnes Academy
  • Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • St Thomas High School
  • St John XXIII High School
  • The Village School
  • Memorial High School
  • Stratford High School
  • Bellaire High School
  • Cy Ranch High School
  • Seven Lakes High School
  • Cinco Ranch High School
  • St Cecilia
  • Pope John XXIII
  • St Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Holy Spirit Episcopal
  • Memorial Middle
  • Spring Branch Middle
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Lamar High School
  • Episcopal High School
  • Houston Christian High School
  • University of Houston
  • …and others

About Me Personally

I live in Houston, Texas with my husband of almost twenty five years, Walt and our two college age children. We have an active family life and enjoy spending time together. I grew up in the coal fields of southern West Virginia for which I give credit to both my love of nature and my contemplative style. I love reading and taking long walks on the beach.

I look forward to working with you!

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Give me a call for more information at 713-557-7979 or make a free 30 minute consultation on the online scheduler.  

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