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As someone who has been married for over 30 years, I believe Gottman is the best approach to help couples and families to deal with conflict and difference of opinion. The research makes sense to me. The approach helps everyone get their needs met and/or understood. I wish all couples would go to a Gottman therapist before difficulty spirals out of control. Learning new ways of communication well enhance ones daily life.
When an issues arises involving one family member, I may use Cognitive Behavior (CBT). One of the most research therapy available to deal with issues of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, shame, anger, and worry. Started by Aaron Beck in the 1950's, the application of this theory continues to improve and works welll with the Gottman approach.
For trauma clients, I am trained in the use of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). I find it helps clients move through distress or dysfunction caused by past experiences quicker than talk therapy. EMDR is a fairly new method, developed by Virginia Sharpio, and is developing a proven track record.
As for children, I use CBT, play therapy, arts and crafts, and bibliography. I may play a game that deals with anger, or I may have them draw or work out a puzzle. I use whatever method they enjoy to address their needs without them realizing they are learning new methods to cope. Parents are guided to better ways of communicating with their children.
Before starting my private practice, I gained experience at Austin Child Guidance, Downtown Community Court, Gardner Betts Facility, Samaritan Center, and Austin Police Department. I graduated from St. Edward's University with a Masters in Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling. My undergraduate is from the University of Minnesota in Business. I have lived in Austin for 26 years.
I am confident we can develop a relationship that address your needs and goals so you can find more joy in your life.