I help individuals address Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Life Transitions and Personal Growth and Development. I work with individuals by providing support, safety and by exploring your desires for change and well-being and by working with you to reach your goals. Issues and trauma from the past, current life stressors, major life transitions and changes in primary relationships can all inhibit our living life to our full potential. I support and assist my clients’ emotional healing so they can create the changes they desire in their lives.
At times, couples struggle with communication, childrearing issues, sexuality and intimacy, life transitions and career changes. Perhaps infidelity, internet addiction or substance abuse has placed tremendous strain on the marriage or partnership. All couples begin life together based on love and a dream for their future. When stress mounts and you need help finding your way forward to reconnect, I facilitate communication and teach listening communication practices which can smooth the path. I welcome couples who are in committed partnerships, marriages, or exploring their compatibility for a lifetime commitment. I welcome heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples into the therapy process to enrich their relationship.
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), created by Sue Johnson, Ph.d, LMFT and the work of the Gottman Institute in Seattle. The Gottmans have done the longest research on couples and marriages on Earth.
Sometimes partners decide their union may need to end. I work with couples who are contemplating or in the divorce process by provide a safe, respectful place to process their wants and needs. If they have children, I assist the couple to put the best interest of their children as a primary motivation in their decisions. I facilitate movement through emotional roadblocks to workable solutions. Compromise is possible. Respectful communication, holding healthy boundaries and moving on with your lives without acrimony is the goal. Someday both partners will want to dance joyfully at family weddings and gatherings. This process helps keep the greater good and the longer view in mind through the challenge and pain of ending a committed relationship. I can work in conjunction with attorneys trained in collaborative divorce and provide referrals to lawyers with this certification.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
For adults, this may include:
- Learning to reduce and manage anxious or depressive thought patterns
- Stress management techniques, such as relaxation, deep breathing
- Communication skills
- Mindfulness skills: meditation, focused attention to the present
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Guided imagery
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
I hold advanced training in working with people who have experienced various forms of trauma including: accidents, natural disasters, sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, witnessing domestic violence, victim of a crime, etc. People who have experienced trauma often develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therapy reduces reaction to trauma triggers and helps the client learn to put the memories in the past so they can live more fully in the present.