I provide compassionate psychotherapy and counseling to highly motivated couples, adults, and teens who are ready to create lasting changes in their lives. People come to me to find relief from a wide range of problems, whether grief and loss, trauma, struggles with drugs or alcohol, parenting, relationships, or just feeling stuck and wanting to change. Although I work with these issues and more, I specialize in:
Couples counseling using Gottman Method-based therapy
Helping men to express emotions, communicate better, and improve self-esteem
My approach integrates psychodynamic theories about the inner workings of the mind and relational modalities that recognize insight must be translated into everyday relationships to create change. I encourage and practice attending to the critical information our bodies provide by using somatic interventions. I guide examining and challenging problematic thoughts and feelings about ourselves and the world using cognitive-behavioral tools.
Working with couples is both challenging and immensely rewarding. People often come to therapy because of relationship problems and rather than working with one-half of the relationship, I find having the relationship in the room to be the more effective. Using Gottman Method Couples Therapy, I help partners recreate friendship, change patterns of conflict into productive discussions, and work on creating shared goals and meaning.
If you are looking for a therapist to help with any of these issues, I may be able to help.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Psychotherapy is different from talking with family and friends about your concerns. A welcoming and well-trained professional can help clearly identify the problem and provide guidance through the healing process. Lasting solutions and enjoying life are possible! If you are considering therapy, you are probably a good candidate for therapy. If you are not sure, you could try out one session to help you make a decision.
How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
I encourage you to check in with yourself and see if the fit feels right to you. Through this website, my blog, and our initial email/phone contact, you will get impressions of me and what it might be like to work together. At the end of our first session, I will ask you how it felt to meet and share with me. Trust your intuition as you decide whether or not to move forward. Therapy requires an investment of your time, energy, and money, so finding a therapist who is the right fit for you is important.
What can I expect at our first session?
It is my goal to offer everyone who walks into my office a warm welcome and a safe space as we explore the possibility of working together. It is normal to feel nervous during the first session, but most people feel more relaxed as we get started. I will ask you to tell me about the reasons you are seeking psychotherapy and what outcomes you would like to experience. By the end of the first session, we will both decide if we are well matched and want to continue meeting.