"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" --Mary Oliver
I am honored that you are visiting my website and hopeful that you are seeking growth and healing in your life. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and profound understanding of yourself, your family, and your relationships is both courageous and sacred.
Research shows that relationships are the source of our greatest joy and deepest pain. During our therapeutic work together, we will inevitably explore how your way of being in relationship may interfere with your ability to have meaningful and successful relationships. Therapy with me may begin to look a bit like coaching as I’ll want us to be clear about your desires, obstacles and goals. I view the counseling process as a profound alliance in which we, together, explore the problem that brought you into therapy.
Therapy is a beautiful medium for simply exploring how to live a more full life. I enjoy working with both men and women to identify and overcome the obstacles that limit their success. I have a special place in my heart for couples or families who are struggling to keep love and connection alive. Relationships can be bewildering and having an expert to join you on the journey can provide much comfort and clarity.
My style is optimistic, analytical, compassionate, and open-hearted; somehow laughter also seems to find its way into many sessions. It may surprise you to know that we’ll end up having some fun as we hold the human condition both somewhat lightly and also quite profoundly while we travel on this journey of your self-discovery.
It is a privilege to join and guide such courageous people as they walk this path of growth and discovery. The counseling process can help people feel more comfortable in their own skin, begin to live proactively rather than reactively, and enjoy each precious moment of their life. I am excited to assist you in finding these joys in your life.
My theoretical approach to counseling draws from Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Mindfulness orientations. Often, the experiences we have within our family profoundly affect us and I watch for related themes. Additionally, I listen closely to a client's self-talk and inner perspective that may contribute to unhappiness or despair. I believe that learning to live mindfully in each moment assists our body and spirit to regulate and relieve the pain in which we may find ourselves. Perhaps most profoundly, I believe spirituality to be of deep importance in psychological well-being and am happy to discuss these issues with you if you so choose.
While I have extensive specialized training in couples counseling, I find that my most precious tools come from Emotionally Focused Therapy, The Gottman Institute, Mindfulness, and Dan Seigel's Neurobiology.