My Approach to Helping
I believe that therapy should be a safe place to explore some new perspectives about yourself, your world, and your relationships in order to experience personal growth and more happiness and satisfaction in your life. I believe that difficulties are a pathway to growth and that relationship conflict can be used in positive ways to learn more about yourself and your partner and build a stronger more resilient relationship.
I understand that modern life can create a lot of anxiety. Past traumas can interfere with how you are coping with the present and contribute to both depression and anxiety. Many people start feeling overwhelmed with challenges and problems that they don't know how to solve. Therapy can be an effective way of starting to change this by changing the meanings that you make about your life and situations, the way you think and feel about them, and ultimately the way you cope with and deal with your present situations.
More Info About My Practice
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and utilize a number of different approaches in treating individuals, families, and couples. I utilize the Gottman method, the Developmental Model for treating couples from the Couples Institute, and other approaches to my work with couples in all stages of their relationship. I am fully certified in the use of EMDR which is a very effective and efficient way of treating trauma. I utilize CBT, DBT, other mindfulness approaches and personality based models to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves and other significant people in their lives.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Many people spend much of their time ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. In doing so, they lose sight of what is happening in the present moment. While most of us spend time daily on our physical hygiene practices such as showering and brushing our teeth, we rarely take time to consider and implement regular mental hygiene practices. Increasing awareness of these, learning new practices and techniques, and getting support and coaching to utilize them regularly can greatly improve and maintain good mental health.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Over my life I have dealt with infertility, divorce, single parenting, co-parenting, religious and spiritual struggles, launching a whole new career, and working with a blended family. Through it all I learned the most important thing is to know, understand, and accept yourself and to hang onto yourself and your values through the ups and downs and challenges that a fully lived life present.