Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
I am a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. ( I am masters prepared, like a nurse practitioner, but I do not prescribe medications.
I am also Certified as a Sex Therapist by American Association Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists ( AASECT)
I have both a private practice in Bonita Springs and am on the staff of Dr. Steven Machlin's office of psychiatry in Ft. Myers.
I have completed Level 3 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and I am in the Gottman Certification Program. I believe in the Gottman Method because it is based on research and it is practical. It supports a couple in their relationship while making room for the individuality of each person. It acknowledges that there are problems in every relationship that will never be resolved but can be lived with, with empathy, kindness and sometimes small compromises that allow acceptance to emerge. The method has clear and simple tools for communication and conflict resolution. It recognizes the needs of a long term couple for shared meaning, rituals, goals and possibly spiritual alignment. Finally, the Gottman method understands how couples learn. Sessions are structured intensively to start, with the frequency fading as the couple's communication improves and the relationship stabilizes. I endeavor to create a safe atmosphere where both members of the couple feel heard, understood and supported. I want therapy to be a positive emotional experience for both.
The fact that I combine sex therapy with the Gottman Method Couples Therapy is unusual. Sexual responsiveness and couple dynamics are closely intertwined. I use sensate focus which is nonsexual touching in privacy of the couple's home as a means of helping a couple relax, feel their body and communicate about their experience. This reduces performance anxiety and allows individuals to be accepting of themselves and each other. The body knows how to do sex. The task is to get out of one's head and connect to the partner.
Affair Recovery; Sexual Issues