I believe that humans strive to live in health, joy, and balance. While we strive to stay in these states of being, we do not always feel like we are moving in the "right" direction. We get this amazing opportunity to create our own lives and sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed or stuck in patterns that don't work. You are the expert of your life. I hope to help you understand how you are moving in the world and give you tools that will help you achieve your goals. I practice in a way that is BioPsychoSocialSpiritual, coach-like, open-minded, and non-pathological. I am immensely privileged to walk along side you as you make your way through challenging moments.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relational issues and self-leadership.
I primarily work with adult individuals and couples, though I offer group therapy occasionally. I offer premarital, brief or tune-up, and on-the-brink of divorce therapy to couples. The majority of individuals who work with me are working on finding themselves, getting unstuck, and dealing with loss, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, abuse, relationships, and relational trauma. I especially enjoy working with couples and individuals on Self discovery/clarity/ acceptance and creating balance in life. I work with many adults who were raised by or are in a romantic relationship with someone described as "self-absorbed," "narcissistic," or "unreasonable." I also work with many parents as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
I utilize a number of theoretical positions, such as Adlerian, Humanistic, Experiential, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Systems, Dialectic Behavioral (DBT), Attachment, Emotionally Focused (EFT), and Lifespan Integration (designed to integrate trauma without retraumatization). Also influencing my practice are my past and current philosophical studies, mainly in logic, Buddhism, and Reiki.
In the recent past, I have put together my past work with children and families and 17 years of private practice to create Peaceful Warriors. This is a year-round and a la cart class that I offer to different age groups (Elementary, Middle, and High School, Parent, and Parent-Child). I also teach Psychology 101 to Middle and High Schoolers.