Welcome

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Everyone experiences times in their lives where they feel stuck, sad, anxious, or simply lost. It takes courage and wisdom to keep moving forward, and this is where I can help. I offer an authentic, dynamic and compassionate approach to psychotherapy for adults, couples, and families.

I am Marriage & Family Therapist. My degree has provided me with specialized training that focuses specifically on helping people improve their most important interpersonal relationships, and above all, their relationship with themselves. My integrative therapeutic style considers the existential experience of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

I specialize in helping people cultivate a greater sense of clarity, acceptance of reality and “what is”, and improve their self esteem.

Some areas of specialization:

  • Couples Counseling: clarifying the direction of their relationship, infidelity, reconnecting and improving intimacy
  • Premarital and Relationship enrichment counseling using the Prepare/Enrich model.  This model offers an online relationship assessment tool, and is generally completed within 5 sessions.   You can learn more about it at:

http://www.prepare-enrich.com/

  • Coping with Depression & Anxiety
  • Life Transitions for adolescents, young adults, couples moving towards marriage and parenthood.
  • Recovery from emotional, physical and mental trauma.
  • Families: Improving boundaries, communication skills and balancing out roles for family members.

About my approach:

I am well versed in both traditional talk psychotherapy, as well as modern experiential techniques.

What is experiential therapy?

Experiential therapy involves movement, activity, and exercises designed to be evocative and highly interactive.   This is a departure from the experience of a therapist simply listening to your story and asking you how you feel.

Experiential therapy is great for bypassing some of the talk and a person’s “story” to quickly and effectively work with their core beliefs (e.g.: “I have to do it all myself”) and habitual patterns.   This is not for everybody, but many people who have had limited success with talk therapy really find this approach to be deeply transformative.

  • Mindfulness practice
  • Gestalt Therapy: Gestalt therapy is an existential and experiential approach that emphasizes personal responsibility.  The techniques that I use to cultivate change are focused on developing a greater awareness and tolerance of the individual’s experience in the present moment.
  • Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic approach. The Hakomi Method combines the Eastern traditions of mindfulness with Western methodology.    In a therapeutic context, the body’s structures and habitual patterns a utilized as an entry point in uncovering  hidden core beliefs which shape our lives, relationships, and self-images.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which seeks to identify and improve our reactions in our relationship based on our unique style of attachment that we developed as infants and within our family of origin.