Hello and welcome!
So glad you stopped by. Trying to find a new therapist can be both an exciting and sometimes intimidating or scary process, but so worth it! Having the right person is important and changes everything, so feel free to snoop around and see if we might be a good fit for each other and let me know if you have any questions. I would love to talk with you.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) I am a systemic thinker. Because of this, I believe that we are all a product of our experiences, our families, and the people we have met and interacted with along the way. Our interactions of joy, love, pain, and struggle form our beliefs and thoughts about the world and ourselves. We are complicated and beautiful people!
I do not believe that people are broken and need to be fixed. Each of us is acting out of our best abilities in any given moment. But sometimes the ways we learned to function as children or in an earlier relationship becomes disruptive to us as adults. We need to understand the root causes of our pain so that we can change our maladaptive patterns.
How Change Happens:
Healing comes through sharing our story, increasing a greater understanding of ourselves, engaging with empirically-sound practices, and committing to change. One of the reasons I love being a therapist is that I get the pleasure of joining others in their journey of discovery and finding their own path. Through this journey you can recognize the lovable and valuable qualities about yourself, while rewiring your brain to more effective behaviors and interactions!
I work from an attachment and neurological perspective and believe that we must do more than talk in therapy to effect lasting change. Our brains are fascinating and wonderful places, yet sometimes the wiring that happens in our childhood or a traumatic event impacts our functioning. While talk therapy is important, it is not the only way to healing.
In sessions with me you will have the opportunity to learn about your brain through psychoeducation (knowledge is power, right?) and use a variety of tools and resources including bi-lateral stimulation via vibration or eye movement, the Alpha-Stim, and internal mindfulness/visualization practices to help create lasting change.
I have worked in a variety of settings as therapist, including private practice, intensive outpatient services in hospital units, and as a family therapist at an adolescent residential treatment facility. Whether my office is filled with people or we are working one-on-one, my goal is to make sure that everyone feels heard.
I work with teen and adult clients experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, family conflict, marriage conflict, infidelity, trauma/PTSD, borderline personality disorder, premarital counseling and more.
Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network-Spring 2019
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)-Spring 2018
Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) -Fall 2014
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) -Fall 2014
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples – Spring 2016
Gottman Method Couples Therapy-Level 1 -Winter 2016
Prepare and Enrich Certified – 2013
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I hope to meet you and do this exciting and challenging work together!
General self awareness and self help:
Brene Brown: Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness
Blog addressing anxiety, depression, parenting, and more: Hey Sigmund
John Gottman: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, and Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Amir Levine: Attached
The Whole Brained Child, by Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel Siegel
The Yes Brain, by Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel Siegel
Questions? Check out the FAQ page
How To Get Started
If you’d like to get started with therapy, call today to schedule an appointment at 612-305-8606