My Approach to Helping
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my page. I know how difficult it can be to ask for help and you're taking a major first step by being here.
I believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect and deserve to have a comfortable, safe, and non-judgmental space to tell their story. I provide people with the opportunity to share their pain, desires and aspirations in this space and offer a collaborative approach for healing and growth. I am also passionate about helping adolescents, teens and adults get their needs met in their relationships! I provide individuals, couples and families with the skills, tools and support they deserve to make lasting changes and improve their quality of life. I will work diligently with you and help you navigate through the challenges or hurt you are currently experiencing.
Connection, Relationships and Healing from Emotional Pain:
I believe (and research shows) that in relationships, people want to feel (at a minimum): love, belonging, support, safety, security, understanding, trust, and peace. However, many people are missing these key components from their relationships. Perhaps during childhood we didn't feel a sense of security or safety, physically or emotionally. Maybe because of our experiences it is difficult to trust. Regardless of whether we are a child or an adult, when these needs are not met we can feel intense emotional pain. We can feel overwhelmed, lost, unbalanced, disconnected, depressed, anxious, stuck, or hopeless. As a therapist, I can provide you with the skills, tools and support to help you with this!
Couples, Pre-Marital and Marriage Counseling:
Romantic relationships can be challenging at times. Perhaps feelings have changed after five years or twenty years, or when you had kids. Maybe romance is lost or communication is a struggle. Or, perhaps trust was broken due to an affair or an addiction. Over time, we can get stuck in a rut of focusing on our unhappiness... focusing on what our partner is not doing for us or our relationship. Those negative aspects take over and the good parts that do exist are masked. Sometimes, we grow apart, fall out of love, and aren't sure whether or not we can ever get those feelings back. As a certified L1 Gottman Couples Therapist who has worked with hundreds of couples, I can tell you it IS possible to reconnect. It IS possible to build a stronger, loving relationship than the one you had before. My approach includes John and Julie Gottman's research-based strategies and principles for making relationships/marriage work! Let's work together to strengthen the foundation of your relationship and rebuild it in the way you want and deserve!
Piggy-backing off of the connections and relationship sections above, sometimes we have a child or parent we may be struggling to understand. Perhaps they are spending a lot of time alone, or acting out, or behaving in other ways that are confusing. Sometimes in can be hard to figure out how to help them succeed. Therapy and skills-building can help!
Perhaps you're family is going through a separation or divorce, and the change is overwhelming. It can be difficult to know where to turn for an objective opinion and support. As a child of divorce myself, I understand! Come on in and let's talk about it!