I have tremendous respect for my couples counseling clients, of all sexual orientations and configurations, and the challenges they meet in trying to live with another person. I often hear people say to me, “Why don’t I act this way with anyone else?”
Intimate relationships are the most challenging ones, but also the most magical. We show up with our wounded selves and show the people we love the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have compassion and curiosity for those “ugly” moments. The greatest potential for growth lies within these tensions. My excitement about dealing with the challenges and the conflicts provide couples with an alternative perspective and create a safe container within which we do the work.
My clients know me for my love and belief in the power of using the micro moments. Meaning, I use every detail of the mundane fights, transgressions, and nitty gritty details to illuminate the significant dynamics and patterns that either keep people stuck or drifting away from their values and one another. I expect each individual to take responsibility for their part in the relationship – both their contributions to the tensions and contributions to the solutions.
Acceptance, compassion, and respect are my guiding core values and mindfulness of the present moment is my guiding practice in each session.
My eclectic approach includes advanced training in:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Informed therapy with Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Relational Therapy, and Sex Therapy