With nearly 20 years of clinical experience, I enjoy working with clients of all ages and stages. I provide psychotherapy for children, teens and adults. I also provide therapy for couples, families and individuals. I enjoy working with individuals in supporting their goals towards a more satisfying and fulfilling life. I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner, which is a type of therapy that helps individuals heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. In addition, I have specialized training in the areas of Trauma, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness.
I have a passion for helping clients restore connection and repair their most important relationships. As human beings we are hard-wired to love and to be loved. Utilizing a powerful, highly researched and empirically validated model known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I help couples identify and change the patterns that leave them feeling angry and misunderstood. This model offers a safe and collaborative environment and assistance in the following:
• Recognizing repeating patterns of how couples negatively interact
• Accessing core emotions that drive unhappiness, anxiety and unproductive behaviors
• Using practical tools to help you break the cycle of hurtful arguing and fighting or of cool indifference
• Developing new ways of relating and communicating with one another leading to a more peaceful and healing environment for both partners.
Children and Pre-Teens
When working with children and preteens, much of the “work” we do in sessions looks like “play.” In addition to “talk therapy,” I utilize play therapy, sand tray work, games, art, and drawing. For most children, “play” provides a way for kids to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided and self-healing process. Play helps children to integrate feeling, action and thought. Play is the preferred language used by kids to communicate distressing thoughts and feelings. It becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. In addition, family work and parent consultation are often a critical adjunct to therapy with children.
Teens and Family Therapy
Much of my professional experience has been working with teens and their families. I can usually connect easily with teens by being curious about their worlds and attuning to their unique needs. Teens can be complicated. They are bridging two different emotional and social landscapes: they are no longer little kids unquestioningly comfortable and trusting of adult support and rules but they aren’t exactly adults either with the brain development and experience that comes with age. In working with teens, family work is a critical adjunct to the therapy in order to help the family build the closer connections necessary to bridge these treacherous waters.