I am a warm and compassionate listener, but also an active therapist. We will work collaboratively to identify what you are hoping to gain from therapy. Interventions will be tailored to effectively help you reach your goals. My role is to help you recognize how your history and environment affect your view of yourself, your relationships and the world. We will work together to help you develop skills and resources to more effectively manage the problems and issues in your life.
My clinical perspective integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy, systems theory and interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy.
Other therapeutic modalities I utilize include:
EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is also used to help individuals who are dealing with long-standing behavioral or emotional patterns that have not responded to traditional talk therapy. If you are interested in EMDR, we would meet to review your history and symptoms before determining if this treatment approach would be appropriate.
As a strong believer in the mind/body connection, I often utilize mindfulness-based practices in working with clients. Approaches such as breathing exercises, meditation and yoga practices can be particularly helpful in managing anxiety and depression.
I became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2011, and have additional training in the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Yoga practices can be a beneficial addition to traditional psychotherapy.
I assist couples needing help with a variety of issues including:
Recovering from infidelity
Conflict resolution skills
Blended family issues
I draw from the work of Harville Hendrix' IMAGO therapy, Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy, and John Gottman's research on effective communication patterns. We will meet together to develop an understanding of the current problems and how you have coped with them in the past. I then meet with each member of the couple separately in order to gather background and historical information.