My Approach to Helping
Are you hoping to improve a relationship with a loved one? Have you been unable to resolve conflicts in an important relationship, or grown distant and disconnected? I specialize in relationship distress, whether between partners, parents and children, siblings, close friends, and even business partners. As a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, I am skilled in the most effective, scientifically supported model of couples therapy. While many therapists teach skills to improve communication or problem-solving, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) goes beyond skill-building to address underlying emotions and hurts that fuel repetitive conflicts. EFT is often successful even when problems are long-standing, couples are on the brink of divorce, or a betrayal has rocked the foundation of a relationship.
If you are not sure couples therapy can help, or are on the brink of ending your relationship, I also offer a brief (1-5 session) service called Discernment Counseling, which helps couples decide whether they want to end their relationship or make one final all-out effort to restore their relationship to health.
The people who have sought my help are best able to judge my effectiveness as a therapist. I am honored to have been voted Best Psychologist in Bucks County in 2017 by the readers of the Bucks County Courier Times.
More Info About My Practice
Because couples and families have multiple voices to be heard, I have found that the 50 minute sessions I use for individuals are generally too short to make adequate progress. I therefore schedule couples and families for extended, 75 minute sessions. If you would like more information about my practice, or would like a better idea of whether I am a good fit for you, I would be happy to schedule a free fifteen minute phone consultation.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Healing from infidelity, changing destructive interactional patterns, creating more loving and secure bonds between partners and between parents and children, parent-adolescent conflict, blended family issues, parenting young adult children, extended family issues, premarital counseling, depression, bipolar disorder, life transitions, stressful life events, and grief and loss.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Many people are reluctant to seek counseling, especially as a couple. They worry that a therapist will take sides, blame them for their problems, or suggest they end their relationship. But good couples therapy is not about blame or taking sides. It helps people understand how their very legitimate and understandable feelings sometimes lead them to act in ways that interfere with getting the love and support they want. I believe a good couples therapist is on the side of the relationship, not either individual. I always support working on a relationship for as long as the couple is willing to try, unless there is a lack of physical safety or an ongoing affair.