My Approach to Helping
Are you struggling in your relationships? Are you feeling off center or disconnected from loved ones or your partner? Then I can help. I believe that life is much fuller and happier when one's relationships are deep and fulfilling. Helping people to connect and reconnect to others in satisfying ways is my mission as a therapist. I love coming along side people, assisting them and helping them grow. I am by nature empathic, enthusiastic, and lighthearted. You will find safety with me to explore your issues, your self, and your relationships, finding solutions that fit you and your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Yes. The past several years I have been working hard to really develop the skills needed to help couples in conflict and distress. I have gotten many extra hours of training and supervision and continue to do so. I use a research validated treatment model called Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. The basic presupposition of this model is that we are social animals, and men and women have the same emotional needs. Our brains are not wired to do things alone but together. If we have love and security, it's easier to face the world. Using this model, I first help couples to identify negative patterns of interaction that have caused them pain, suffering, and conflict. We then, the couple and I, work together to repair injuries and establish a new, fresh, and healthier communication dynamic. Finally, old problems are addressed and the couple is encouraged to find new solutions based upon new patterns of relating. This process takes about 20 sessions.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
There are many good therapists out there. We are all trained to help people deal with painful emotions, difficult relationships, trauma, and mental illness such as depression. Expertise is important. However and as well, I think it is as important for one not only to check out a therapist's credentials but also to check out one's own feelings of trust and rapport towards the counselor.