Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
I've been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. It is a privilege to have you come in and be open to change for the better.
820 NW 21st Ave., suite B
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1994
Faith: Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, Wicca/Paganism, Multifaith
If you have been feeling anxious and/or depressed, isolated, overwhelmed, lonely and afraid, you are not alone. We are living in some very challenging times. This can especially be of concern when there is uncertainty in the workplace, a relationship that is either not happening at all or you are struggling with improving your communication. Often old traumas from earlier in life can be getting triggered as well, often leaving you feeling exhausted and uncertain how to feel better.
I have trained for years under Terry Real's Relational Therapy which helps teach couples how to build and work on developing respectful relationships; this builds on many areas including an understanding of control issues, boundaries, entitlement, shame. What each person experienced in their family of origin impacts and creates some of the roadblocks. How is the best conflict resolution managed between a couple. How to build resiliency and trust and develop empathy.
Many people are caught up in some destructive patterns that can be very difficult to change. Understanding other options to intervene on our habits that have us rather than us having them is necessary to being able to act in our own best interest. Learn with me what it takes! Attachment issues play a huge role in why we become so addicted and attempt to control what we have no real control over.
I find that the relationship that is able to occur between the therapist and the client is going to have more to do than any techniques used which is secondary. My 'eclectic' approach has allowed me to draw upon many years of experimenting with what works, therapy-wise. It doesn't have limits to a particular style so I'm free to bring the best to my approach. I am continually evaluating with the individual what is needed to bring a greater sense of peace in body and mind.
As a student of Terry Real's Relational Living, I embrace the principals of building and practicing respectful relationships, which often is learning to improve communication skills. Learning what you grew up in from your own family of origin suggests where some of the unhealthier attitudes grew out of. What kind of relationship do you want to create? What would you like to change in how you show up in your relationship? How will you feel when these changes are made?
One of my favorite areas to help you is to build good boundaries, improve your own self-esteem and how to be compassionate with others while not losing your sense of who you are in the process. This area encompasses many areas of our life as you will find out when exploring it with me. Resolving conflict with others, whether friends, family, coworkers and supervisors, we can reach deep inside you to find out what some of the blockages are about when there are unaddressed parts of us.
As an experienced Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor III, I can work in a number of ways with you if you are beginning to become concerned about your drinking/drug use (or a family member). I also work with those who have been through treatment and are facing issues with relapse. I do complete assessments and help refer you to an appropriate kind of treatment approach.
Probably one of the most common complaints expressed by people today which can range from a long-term condition to a situation in your life where there just doesn't seem to be enough time to manage all your responsibilities in a balanced way, feeling a sense of well-being rather than a constant state of stress. I rely on a number of therapeutic approaches to help you find a healthier way to live.
This is such a debilitating feeling or set of feelings to have; it zaps your zest for life and often people are afraid it will never go away. I have worked with this for as long as I've been a therapist and I assure you that you do not have to accept it as a way of life. I will help you bring about a a state of well-being that allows you to have hope and relief from depression.
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