I identify core psychological issues that cost people and businesses physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health so they can reach their utmost potential.
-Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, graduating Cum Laude, from Pepperdine University.
-Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Chapman University.
-Began practicing counseling in 1998 at Chapman University’s Community Clinic
-Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001
-LPC Supervisor since 2003
-Opened Vann Counseling & Associates to offer lower cost counseling services provided by my interns 2010
-Counseled over 475 individuals with a history of self-harm and consulted with other counselors on hundreds of cases
-Expertise in NSSI, boundary issues in personal & professional life, assertiveness, perfectionism, dating issues, problems related to adolescence, anxiety, depression, stress management, motivational issues, esteem problems
- Speaking Highlights:
-Professional speaker since 2000
-National, State, and Local Conferences & Symposiums
-Repeat guest for numerous groups and conferences
-Over 75 talks on self-injury
-Trainer for 5 Colleges, 8 school districts, business networking events, probation departments, and religious groups
- Professor for two colleges
Media Commentator Highlights:
-National, State, and Local Mental Health Media Commentator since 2009
–Over 240 interviews for TV, radio, and print media
–ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, and CW33
–Fox News Radio, Clear Channel, and I Heart Radio Contributor for stations across the U.S.
-The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Amarillo Globe, Worchester Gazette (Massachusetts), GL (Girls’ Life magazine), Houston Family Magazine, Chattanooga Parenting Magazine, Dallas/Ft. Worth/Tarrant Cty Child, Breckenridge American
-HollywoodLife.com consulted on celebrity stories involving self-injury
–Script Consultant and panelist for movies and documentaries
Author of 4 books
—A Caregiver’s Guide to Self-injury (2014)