My Approach to Helping
One of the key beliefs that I hold regarding therapy is that clients generally know what is best for them. Rather than telling clients what to do, I help them explore options, loosen possibilities, examine potential consequences and empower clients to make decisions and alter perspectives that will ultimately lead to healthy relationships. I help clients explore the relationship between one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This is done in a supportive, respectful, and collaborative environment.
More Info About My Practice
Selected as one of the top therapists by Washingtonian Magazine in July, 2009.
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I working with couples, I have expertise in working with the following issues: infidelity, adult ADD, domestic violence, depression and anxiety.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The model I work with has been rigorously researched as one of the most successful forms of couples therapy. This research has been conducted primarily out of the University of Ottawa, but other institutions have conducted research in this model as well. There is presently a research project being conducted at Virginia Tech as well to study the impact of the Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) on couples where one partner has depression. I am presently a research therapist in that study.
The EFT model is a non-pathologizing model that is respectful and collaborative. It focuses on the couple's pattern or cycle of interaction. The cycle (not one particular partner) is the source of disconnection. In many cases, the cycle can lead to affairs. Understanding the cycle in one's relationship and the emotional sources that drive one's behavior is critical for success.