Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I provide evidence based therapy with a warm touch. My focus as a therapist is on treating trauma and healing relationships.
825 NE 20th Ave
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2000
Typically my clients reach out to me because of feelings of sadness, worry, and disconnection in important relationships. My clients are often people who describe themselves as being “do-ers” who have difficulty slowing down to understand their internal world. Many of my clients are medical professionals, first responders, and veterans who have worked hard to train themselves out of their emotional reactions because of the need to focus and perform in their work setting.
I began learning emotionally focused therapy in 2020 as I was searching for a treatment orientation that better aligned with my growing understanding of the role of attachment needs and trauma in a wide variety of mental health and relationship concerns. I have completed over 100 hours of structured training in EFT with individuals and couples and regularly participate in ongoing educational trainings, consultation, and review of my work as I work towards certification.
I offer both discernment counseling and relationship counseling to couples that I work with, but which format we use depends on where the relationship is and what it needs. Discernment counseling is for couples "on the brink" of separation or divorce. They are neither committed to ending the relationship nor are they both committed to change. The format is 1-5 sessions with a focus on clarifying the dynamics between them, what would need to change and whether they are willing to do that work.
I practice relationship counseling from an EFT model which works best when both partners are interested in participating in counseling. This approach focuses on exploring the emotions underlying our behavior and healing old hurts by creating opportunities for connection. The sessions help couples see and understand their hurtful patterns of interaction, then change this cycle as core emotions and needs are attended to.
Pregnancy and childbirth is expected to be a joyous time, but often no one talks about the pain of loss and the difficult emotions that can come as well. When someone has experienced a traumatic birth, a miscarriage or still birth, has lost an infant, or experienced a NICU stay, the pain can feel lonely and isolating. I see both individuals and couples who are pregnant, post-partum, or working through a trauma around childbirth to help address and soothe this pain.
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