I am a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in South Tampa. I received my doctoral degree in from the University of Florida. I specialize in couples therapy and have extensive training in Gottman Method in addition to Emotion focused therapy, Discernment counseling and attachment.
Relationships are such an integral part of our day to day lives, so when we are unhappy or not satisfied in our marriage or relationship it has a significant impact on each partners overall health and well-being. Research shows that to make a relationship last, couples must become better friends, learn to manage conflict and create ways to support each others hopes for the future.I have specialized in depth Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically based treatment approach. I utilize skills from this therapy integrated with several other areas of training to help couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, communication, connection and intimacy in their relationship. Specifically I will help both partners work on strategies for increasing respect, affection, closeness and understanding. Additionally we will work on breaking through and resolving conflict when partners feel stuck,while keeping conflict discussions calmer and more constructive.The single biggest mistake that couples often make is waiting too long before seeking out help to address the problem areas and issues that are arising in their relationship. Oftentimes couples seem to think that their relationship has to be in danger in order to come to therapy; which of course, if this is true then you want to seek help, but the earlier the better! Keep in mind that even "good" relationships often have some areas that they could work on that will prevent future larger problem areas from arising. If you are experiencing some marital difficulties it is never too early or a bad idea to discuss them with a professional who specializes in couples therapy.