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Do you feel that the life dance with your partner has lost its rhythm? Has the connection for friendship and communication eroded or become non existent? When the flow of this sacred dance is disrupted, arguments escalate, understanding each other diminishes, and all of a sudden we feel we have lost our best friend. The undercurrent of the this rhythm loss can stem from life events such as big changes, addictions, infidelity, traumatic events, family issues, to list a few. These life issues can breed feelings of increased fear, anxiety, depression, shame, and anger. When this happens, perspective gets narrowed which can drive behavior in ineffective ways.
The Gottman Method is based on 40 years of research. This journey, in which I have experienced personally and professionally, is a compassionate and useful process in unpacking complicated issues of the soul. The therapy begins with assessments, a feedback session to examine results and moves to the introduction of the nine components of healthy relationships. From here, I help facilitate a plan that is tailored to meet your needs and goals as a couple. I use the structured, goal oriented Gottman exercises to help couples work through barriers that block the harmonious rhythm of the relationship dance. These interventions help to increase understanding when stuck in conflict and improve connection and closeness.
I am an LPC-S (Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor). I hold certifications in EMDR and RPT (Registered Play Therapy). These certifications offer me a deeper well to draw from in selecting unique ways for a couple to externalize and process the undercurrent; both separate and in conjunction with Gottman exercises.
I have been in private practice since 2012. Prior experiences include chemical dependency, hospice, and church ministry. I work closely with people in 12 Step fellowships as well as military families. I look forward to supporting you in your life dance.