Happy is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate candidate in the state of Texas. She completed her Master’s degree in Counseling at Southern Methodist University and holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Spanish from Washington and Lee University. Happy offers individual counseling for adolescents and young adults. She specializes in:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Suicidal Ideation
- Self-harm and other self-injurious behaviors
- Relationship dynamics and boundary issues
- Identity and Purpose
- Spiritual issues
While completing her graduate studies at SMU, Happy worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, where she helped recruit participants for longitudinal studies of depression and resilience. Before that, she worked on the advocacy and public policy team of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C. Both of these experiences drove her passion for better understanding the underlying mechanisms of mood disorders, effective treatment options, and how to make mental health services more widely accessible to those in need.
Happy comes to Nikao after working at Carrollton Springs Changes Frisco and Children’s Medical Center. It was in these partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings that she developed a passion for working with adolescents, specifically in suicide prevention.
Happy is married to James, who serves as campus minister for a local college para-church ministry. She enjoys leading student Bible Studies and walking with college students as they grow in their faith and understanding of God’s grace. She also loves running, playing tennis, and spending time with friends, family, and her yellow lab, Rookie.
One of Happy’s favorite quotes is by Dr. Curt Thompson: “It is only when we are known that we are positioned to become conduits of love. And it is love that transforms our minds, makes forgiveness possible, and weaves a community of disparate people into the tapestry of God’s family.”
Happy is supervised by Liz Casteel, MA, LPC-S