I have been practicing mental health counseling since 1991. My experience includes working in several programs serving children, adolescents and adults (Men and Women)—in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings.
I graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and from the University of South Florida with a Masters of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counseling.
My training, education and experience include relationship issues:
As a Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Program Supervisor and Psychotherapist I provided treatment to clients diagnosed with an array of emotional and/or mental disorders that include:
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Panic Attacks
- Reactive Attachment
- Anorexia and Bulimia
- Grief and Loss
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Intermittent Explosive
- Oppositional Defiance
Born and raised in a rural farm area of California, I have lived and worked in several states (Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas the Philippines and Japan, and traveled extensively around the world during 24 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. I have resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1988.
I have been in Private Practice with Carrollwood Counseling (McGinn and Teixeira, PA) since 2004.
I have presented professional training at several workshops and conferences, primarily on Parent-Child relationship and Child and Adolescent disorders.
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
- North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
- Florida Adlerian Society (Past President)
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (Past President)
My clinical approach is founded in the theory and practice of Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology that employs a holistic approach to understanding the individual. This theory views the healthy and “ideal” individual as one who engages in life experiences with confidence and optimism; there is a sense of belonging and contributing, the ‘courage to be imperfect,’ and the serene knowledge that one can be acceptable to others, although imperfect; people strive to attain goals that provide them with a place in this world, in turn giving them security and enhancing self- esteem.
In essence, therapy is unique to the individual and the circumstances they find themselves. Therapy is a partnership of which the therapist is a guide—not a director!
We believe that people can achieve their goals and live life well—
We believe that people have a right to be treated with respect and dignity and live life well—
We believe that encouraged people can work through life’s challenges successfully and live life well—