I have been working with families, children, and couples for over 15 years.
I graduated in 2006 from Antioch University with a Masters of Arts in Child, Couples, and Family Therapy. I have been a Child Mental Health Specialist since 2006. In 2010 I became a Certified Attachment Therapist. I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2012 I completed an Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples externship. I have been in private practice since 2010. Prior to going into private practice I worked with families, couples, and children at a clinical agency.
My approach to therapy is relational and psychodynamic. A collaborative relationship between client and therapist is necessary to explore and reflect on the problem or issue. I work from a strength-based perspective, believing that within all humans resides the desire and ability to face problems and work through them. I believe that the therapy process is one way to access strengths and work through the thoughts, situations, or emotions that are causing discomfort. My orientation is eclectic; greatly influenced by narrative, systems, attachment, and humanistic approaches.Areas of Specialty
I work with families who are struggling with communication, acting out behaviors, and connectedness in the family. When there are acting out behaviors, I will often use a cognitive-behavioral approach to decrease symptoms which then allows room for increasing connectedness and productive communication.
I work with partnered, married, and dating couples who are having challenges with communication, intimacy, parenting, money, and infidelity. I draw from the theories of John Gottman and Susan Johnson to increase closeness and emotional connectedness.
Adopted, foster, and biological familes can benefit from attachment therapy to address trauma, illness, abuse, neglect, or misattunement in a children's early years. I work with families to increase the bond between children and parents and decrease the behaviors often associated with attachment difficulties. For my Attachment Therapy Certificate, I trained under Deborah Gray, of Nurturing Attachments.
I work with both youth and adults individually. In my individual work with clients, I help to provide immediate relief from the stressful situation while understanding the problem in a larger context. When working with children, I like to include family as much as possible. I often use behavior charts and tracking with children and adolescents so they can continue to work on their goals throughout the week. In my work with adults we often explore bigger existential questions; such as one’s purpose in life and feelings of isolation or dissatisfaction.
I see clients during business hours Tuesday through Friday. I have a limited number of evening appointments available. All sessions are 50 minutes in length. For psychotherapy to be effective it is necessary to have consistency in our meetings. Generally this will mean meeting at the same time each week except major holidays, serious illness and annual vacations. The time we are scheduled to meet is reserved for you, and without 24 hours notice of cancellation you will be charged for the session regardless of your attendance.