Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My practice is devoted to helping people improve their relationships and intimate lives through research-based expertise.
503 295 6265
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1988
Most of my clients are resourceful and bright people who have run out of their own ideas and are looking for a fresh point of view. Many want to develop new interpersonal skills beyond those they already possess. A lot of the people I see are psychologically curious, but not everyone is; I also enjoy more practical-minded people who are interested in solving a problem they face and getting back to their lives, better equipped to handle their challenges.
Collaborative Couples Therapy helps couples learn to attend to one another's natural emotional reactions with empathy and compassion, rather than becoming adversarial with each other. I have studied intensively with Dan WIle, who developed this method and who john Gottman, a renowned researcher in this field, has called 'our greatest living marital therapist.'
I am certified as a Gottman Relationship Therapist by the Gottman Institute of Seattle, where a team has spent over 40 years looking into all the ways happy and healthy couples function together. This method helps couples improve their patterns of communicating based on using their existing strengths and adding new tools and awareness.
My orientation is pragmatic and my interest in therapy is helping you get access to the tools and information you need. Typically people come in for a series of sessions and then return whenever they feel the need for a check-in or when they hit another bump in the road. We are always collaborating when it comes to deciding how long it makes sense for us to work together.
Although the concept of sexual “addiction” is widely-recognized by the general public, it remains a controversial topic in the sex therapy field. If your sexual thoughts or behaviors are upsetting to you or your partner, I provide a level headed and well-researched perspective. I have helped many people with this and would love to hear from you.
I am certified as a Sex Therapist by AASECT, the preeminent organization credentialing specialists in this field. I help with a wide range of concerns such as lack of desire, difficulties with orgasm and sexual pain, and sexual conflict or confusion. See www.sexpositivetherapist.com
My professional career has been devoted to the mystery of what it takes to have great relationships. After all, what is more important in life? I have trained intensively with John Gottman and Dan Wile, widely recognized experts in this field, and can help you quickly switch from ineffective to effective habits and behaviors, to bring you the loving relationship you deserve.
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