Vanessa is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas with Master's degrees in communication and psychology/counseling.  She is presently pursuing her doctoral degree. Vanessa has certifications in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Christian Counseling, and is a certified mediator (which she contracts with the United States Postal Services and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).  Vanessa was trained by the Department of Justice and  EEOC on the Americans with Disability Act and worked with the Mayor's office on the strategic planning for implementation.  She also mentored a young woman with a disability who was appointed to Houston's Commission For The Disabled. In 1995 Vanessa coordinated Houston's first career fair for people with disabilities and a city wide catholic conference.  Mrs. Bridges spent three years at Exxon as a training specialist developing a supportive employment program.  While pursing her undergraduate degree Vanessa spent 6 months in West Africa doing research on cultural diversity.  Vanessa has sat on a number of community boards and worked in a variety of people-oriented fields before concentrating on her private practice of psychotherapy, some of which includes:
CBS News with Walter Cronkite - later with Dan Rather
Public Radio producer in New York
Advertisement/ J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency
Realtor/appraiser in Houston
Director with Mental Health and Mental Retardation of Authority of Harris County
College professor/Houston Community College