My Approach to Helping
It is a privilege and honor to support others in achieving their goals. With compassion and empathy, I help to facilitate a corrective experience based on safety and trust. Using a strengths-based perspective as well as an individualized approach for each client, I support individuals in ways that are most meaningful for them. I am open-minded, understanding, and respectful of all identities (ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.) With unconditional positive regard for my clients, I help to empower others in having a transformative experience in therapy.
Clinically, I specialize in trauma healing, relationship work, couples therapy, and sex therapy. Evidenced-based therapy modalities that I use in individual work include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I also incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion to facilitate safe exploration of thoughts and feelings in session.
For couples, I use The Gottman Method, Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Imago Therapy. I am also trained in providing culturally sensitive Sex Therapy for adults and couples experiencing sexual dysfunctions such as: arousal disorders, sexual pain, and sexual discrepancies.
Adults often interpret conflicts with their partners as a replay of trauma or attachment injuries experienced earlier in life. Unresolved trauma can often lead to unnecessary conflict and communication difficulties. I am passionate about helping couples understand each other's current and past experiences so that they can turn toward each other during times of distress. In therapy, couples develop skills to deepen their connection, improve their communication, and strengthen their relationship together. My goal is to help adults and couples build on their strengths, achieve goals they set for themselves, and provide them with additional skills and tools to continue growing after therapy has finished.
I truly love working as a therapist and I look forward to speaking with you soon! Take care.