Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Supervisor: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT
No matter who you are, you are worthy of healing, love, and belonging. Therapy can help.
1835 SE 50th Ave
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2021
My clients are often the helpers, the caretakers, the family-healers, and the cycle-breakers who are seeking to heal their inner children and meet their true selves. They are the highly-sensitive and empathic, seeking to discover an authentic, compassionate, empowered relationship with themselves in a world that often rejects their gifts and strengths. They are the seekers, the ones who long for an authentic spirituality and connection to the world, and who might be healing from spiritual abuse.
Attachment theory is my main theoretical orientation and informs most of the work I do. I believe that we are all wired for connection and need it for survival - as a result, our relationships are essential, yet we often have relational wounds that can make it hard for us to connect, all the way down to the nervous system level. As such, it is central to our well-being to be able to explore and understand our patterns and learn to attend to those deep needs.
In my work I am always paying attention to the emotional processes and experiences that are occurring in the room, often under the surface, particularly when they arise in our closest relationships. We all have attachment patterns that can cause us to miss each other on an emotional level, and a big part of couples therapy is bringing those patterns into our conscious awareness and help us learn to meet each other's and our own needs more effectively, for a closer relationship.
I utilize parts work and aspects of IFS extensively in my work. We all contain multitudes, as the saying goes. Our inner protectors can use a variety of tactics to keep us safe, but these can often cause us trouble in other ways. In therapy we work to bring insight and voice to those multitudes we contain within us, and we also, importantly, work to build a stronger connection to your core self to allow you more agency to take back the reins and develop self-trust.
Sometimes it feels like there is no shortage of things that can make us feel disconnected from our partners. Therapy is a great place to navigate some of those circumstances together, and restore connection and trust. My training and experience is in the field of marriage & family therapy, and I come from an attachment and emotion-focused perspective to help clients learn more about their unique dance together & their patterns of attachment, and build or restore greater intimacy and connection.
To grieve is to love. We might grieve the end of an era of our lives, the end of an important relationship, or the death of a loved one. We might grieve events occurring in our world that feel out of our control, or we could be experiencing griefs we are struggling to name but that we still feel acutely. I have supported clients of many ages in navigating grief and loss, and I lean on existential and transpersonal psychology in my work in this area in particular, in addition to attachment.
Anxiety is part of a healthy nervous system response, but it can become chronic and overwhelming, especially in our world today. Whether it's anxiety about events in our larger culture and communities, overwhelm about the pace of life and day-to-day responsibilities, anxiety about your place in the world, or a combination of factors, it can be challenging to navigate. I have worked with many clients who are looking for better ways to cope with, understand, or work to resolve their anxiety.
Major transitions and challenges can have the effect of making us feel off-balance, and unlike ourselves. Maybe we don't even know who we are anymore, in our new reality! I have extensive experience working with clients who are moving through these various seasons of life and would love to support you on this journey.
To be in a family is to be inextricably linked. It is an essential source of connection, belonging, and joy, but it also comes with a myriad of challenges. Whatever it is that has brought you to this moment, family therapy is an excellent place to join together and navigate these issues. Family therapy is not about judgment or blame - it's about connection, and as a therapist I approach all members of a family with curiosity and care, knowing that every person has a story.
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