My Approach to Helping
I view therapy as an active collaboration. I aim to offer a safe and intelligent place where clients may explore their lives and relationships, work through old patterns and current areas of discontent, and identify and utilize strengths--and strategies--for personal growth and more optimistic and fulfilling lives. My experience in doing clinical research on trauma informs my work; I believe we possess inherent strengths that, when recognized and utilized, can help us create lives we want to live.
I believe all therapy--including individual and couples counseling--is family therapy. Early experiences, both positive and negative, inform our thoughts, feelings and behavior in the present. While I assist clients with current concerns, I believe working to understand motivations and patterns rooted in the past can help us explore the possibility of change, and to have what we want and need now. Areas of expertise include trauma, and relational counseling, including work with couples and family therapy for reuniting estranged family members.
My private practice is informed by my work with post-deployed combat veterans and as a writer. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, I am the author of 30 books, and have written widely on families, parenting, trauma, sexual trauma, and other subjects. I currently serve as a consultant to First 5 LA.