Monday through Friday; Monday and Tuesday evenings
EHP/ Johns Hopkins Plan & Out-of-Network Provider
I became a therapist in order to help individuals, couples and families find constructive ways to solve problems and in the process become closer. So instead of it being the absence of problems, it is more how a couple and family can come together and work out problems.
My educational background is in social work with a master in social work: clinical concentration. Social work approaches problems from a bio psychosocial perspective, which helps me assess the entire person not just the presenting problem. This background helps me understand how a problem expresses itself contextually.
I have many other life experiences, which differentiate me from many clinicians knowing that all of life’s problems just cannot be solved from a textbook. My in depth experience helps me connect with a person to formulate realistic and workable solutions
My approach tends to be direct and compassionate, guiding the process. My idea is that the clients know the problems quite well and my job is to guide and be an expert on the process so this is a collaborative approach emphasizing a joint agreement of goals and outcomes. I have completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work.
What drew me to the Gottman method was its having a theoretical background that helps with conceptualizing how couples can have problems in their relationships and as well as a process for resolving many of these problems. More important, couples learn to draw on their own resources and develop tools for themselves in the future. So that it is not the absence of problems but having tools to resolves them.
I tend to incorporate a cognitive behavior theory as well as a systems theory in utilizing the Gottman approach and with addictions; I incorporate a recovery-oriented approach, too.
For many years I have worked with families in improving relationships and helping them solve problems and this has morphed into developing skills in working with couples more exclusively. I have been involved with treating addictive disorders and persons in recovery for many years and now have developed a sub interest/specialty in working with couples in recovery and helping them at their most vulnerable time during early recovery and in recovery in general.
In the last two years, I have given workshops for couples in recovery at a well-known Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.