Monday- Friday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am- 4:00pm
Welcome! Life is experienced in relationship. Experiencing interpersonal and relational conflict is a shared human experience and it occurs at all stages of life. It is not an indicator that we are weak and unworthy, but a reminder that we are human. Freedom comes when we realize that we have the power to make choices in or lives. If things in your life are no longer working for you, you can choose to start doing something different today.
My education and training as a Couple and Family Therapist is from Seattle Pacific University, where I earned my Master’s in Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Oregon, where I majored in Psychology. I am currently employed at The Gottman Institute, where I have received advanced clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I have experience working with individuals, families, and couples, and began practicing as a Couple and Family Therapist in 2010.
My approach to treatment is rooted in Family Systems Theory as well as Attachment Theory, however I use a variety of techniques and interventions in therapy. I recognize the unique qualities of every individual and relationship dynamic, therefore, therapy is structured but flexible and based on the needs of my client(s). Utilizing evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies, I actively collaborate with clients to help set realistic and measureable goals.
Working with couples, I primarily use the Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach. This course of therapy is structured, goal-oriented, and scientifically-based. Based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples, this research shows what actually works to help couples achieve healthy long-lasting relationships.
I use the Gottman Relationship Check-Up assessment to obtain in-depth information about the relationship. With 480 questions in 5 unique sections, the assessment not only accurately evaluates a relationship's strengths and challenges, but also provides personalized feedback. From there, using research-based interventions and exercises, I help couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection, and intimacy in their relationships.
My passion is working with couples. I believe the partner relationship is the crux of the family system, which is why my clinical focus centers on strengthening this primary relationship. Individuals become partners, partners often become parents, and then children carry on our family legacy. Over time, the partnership becomes less of a priority and a break-down of our most significant relationship can leave us feeling alone, insecure and hopeless. What was once a source of signficaint fulfillment and hope for the future becomes a distant memory. This can leave us feeling distant, and disillusioned with life. Our work toegther will focus on emotion, skill-building for managing conflict, developing new skills for enhancing friendship, and helping to create a system of shared meaning together.
While I enjoy working with couples at all developmental stages of the relationship, I have a particular interest with clients interested in pre-marital, pre-engagement, and/or relationship preparadeness assessment and skill-building. I facilitate pre-marital counseling using both Gottman Method Couples Therapy and the Prepare/Enrich assessment.