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I enjoy working with couples who are struggling to feel connected with their partner due to past hurts, difficult life challenges, and feeling alone. Hurts, problems in living and facing life challenges often weigh us down and leave us feeling inadequate and disconnected from others. Within a warm, authentic and collaborative therapeutic relationship, you can develop a stronger sense of self and enjoy a more satisfying interpersonal relationship with your partner.
Therapy helps clients deal with relationship difficulties, trauma and losses, emotional regulation, self-defeating behaviors and negative thoughts and develop more accepting and flexible approaches. I offer a relational psychotherapy treatment approach; specifically intersubjective interpersonal which draws from interpersonal, attachment, family systems and neuroscience theories and evidence. This approach is effective for improving interpersonal relationships, attachment difficulties, depression, anxiety and PTSD. I often incorporate Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for clients who are experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety and stress management.
I collaborate with clients to set and reach treatment goals. What I especially like about using Gottman methods is that practical tools are put into the hands of individuals to start working on their relationship right away. Therapy sessions serve as a practice arena for the couple to try out new skills, discover one another with new understanding and feel closer to each other. I have completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I primarily use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in social work with families and children in the Child Welfare system and saw both the impact of abuse and neglect, but also the potential for people to heal within healthy relationships. I have certification in adoption and foster care therapy. Additionally, I have training and experience in working with individuals with ADHD and traumatic brain injuries and how these problems impact relationships.