I have some very good news for you. Having difficult feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, anger, guilt, shame-does not mean you are unhealthy. What this does mean is that you might be uncertain about how to manage these emotions in a less painful way. I am so sorry you are struggling and I want to support you in feeling better.
If you have been staying up late at night worrying and deliberating about what the next step is or if your days are filled with tension, loneliness, or sadness, I can help.
I work with clients that want help in having better relationships with themselves and others. Perhaps you are visiting my page because you recently had a major fight with a significant other or maybe you are struggling to manage family relationships. You might have recently experienced a painful break up or have found your partner having an affair.
I understand the significance of healthy relationships in our lives. In fact, studies show that those with strong and healthy social ties are happier, healthier, and live longer. I want to help you build and maintain the relationships you deserve, as I have with many other couples and individuals.
After just a few sessions with me, my couples comment that they understand the path forward and that they finally feel heard by their partner for the first time in many years.
Whether meeting with me individually or as a couple, I will support you to develop an understanding of your relationship patterns and the skills you can develop to improve them.
If you are a couple, I will provide you with the skills to listen better and talk so you are heard, redevelop your friendship, talk about and engage in a healthier and more fulfilling sex life, and fight fair. I have a special interest in supporting couples manage especially complicated issues, such as affairs, money betrayal, and a traumatic event or loss.
There are many reasons that individuals might also seek therapy for relational issues. Break ups, the death of a loved one, managing family dynamics, social anxiety, self esteem, and stress management, among others, have a relational impact. I will help you learn to find inner peace, address patterns that are preventing relationship satisfaction, and explore the impact of your past experiences. While all therapy is tailored to your unique situation, we might focus on grieving a loss in a healthy way, setting good firm boundaries, communicating so that you are heard, and building a strong sense of self worth and confidence.
I was trained at the oldest marriage and family therapy training institute in the country, The Council for Relationships. When working with couples I use systemic, emotion focused, and Gottman Therapy to support couples to make real change in their relationship which includes improved communication, increased intimacy, better understanding, and forward movement in the relationship.
I am a Certified Gottman Therapist and am listed on their referral network. Gottman Couples Therapy is the most highly researched form of couples therapy and has been found to show results time and again.
Due to my background in couples therapy, I am also well equipped to support you in grieving the loss/end of a relationship or supporting you in developing healthy skills to develop and enhance your relationships.
When working with affairs I often work within both the Gottman method and by being trauma informed, as we know that affairs can cause a trauma response.
Anxiety, Depression, and Adjustment Issues
I support clients with anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues (a major move, new life roles, etc) by using a systemic approach to help client’s recognize the source of their difficulties. Systemic approaches look at the entire picture of your life to help you recognize and understand the many sources that may be causing you discomfort. I also use mindfulness based approaches and CBT to help clients not only manage their symptoms but to move past them.