My Approach to Helping
Welcome! Because you are here, my guess is you are feeling stuck with something or someone in your life. That is where most people are when they first start therapy. Gradually as we work together, you begin to explore options, new ways of seeing events, new ways of thinking, better ways of communicating and even new ways of 'being'. It is all pretty exciting. Many times my job is to be your coach, other times your teacher, or perhaps your motivator and sometimes your witness. This is a place where you can openly share and explore whatever it is that is on your mind. As one client commented to me "Therapy has been like getting a PhD in myself."
More Info About My Practice
For the past 7 years, I have been studying with the founders of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. Couples work is especially challenging and rewarding. The sessions are longer, the emotions can become quite intense and the stakes are higher. All marriages have challenges and difficult times but that does not mean the marriage must end or the couple must stay together but be unhappy. Please do not wait until you and your marriage are on the last final gasp of staying together.
I also work with individuals. So even if your partner does not want to come to couples counseling it can be worth your time and effort to come by yourself. You can make a difference in your life and your relationship.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Many couples are deciding to expand their view of what it means to be a couple. Inviting a third or more into your relationship changes everything. All couples benefit from clear communication, established boundaries, and mutually accepted rules and agreements. Polyamorous relationships take discussions of these topics to a whole new level. I can help you do that.
There are events in our lives we choose and others that are thrust on us. You may decide to change jobs, move to a new area, leave your family religion, have a child; many choices in life. Psychotherapy gives you a place to explore these choices, understand the consequences of them, and integrate the changes they make in your life. The unexpected events can be very traumatic. Therapy can provide you with a place to help you heal.
Whatever road you are on in your life, please know you do not have to travel it alone.