Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
LGBTQIA-affirmative couples therapist
I help disconnected couples work through issues of emotional safety and distrust to re-establish their bond and grow their intimacy.
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2009
I help couples move from pain and isolation to joy and connection. I have specific training and expertise working with couples--using the psychodynamic model combined with Gestalt and Collaborative Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and the Developmental model (Ellyn Bader/Pete Pearson/The Couples Institute).
This approach is a form of depth psychology that explores and works through the often initially hidden impacts that early patterns have had on current functioning. I have completed five years of specific training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theoretical frameworks under the supervision of contemporary psychoanalysts and psychologists.
I have trained in Gestalt therapy, a strengths-based, non-pathologizing therapy, during graduate school and in internship, and have incorporated its here-and-now, direct, honest and mindful approach to help clients work with and address deep-seated, unmet needs.
I have studied EFT in my training programs and use this approach in conjunction with others when working with couples. EFT's tools of engagement and attunement help us to first identify and deescalate negative patterns that have kept the couple isolated from one another, and then restructure and rebuild the trust, strengthening the emotional bond and renewing connection.
I have training in Psychoanalytic, Developmental, EFT, Gottman, Collaborative Couples, and Gestalt approaches to this work. I am also currently in a one-year training program using the Developmental Couples Framework and approach.
I thoroughly enjoy helping couples move from pain and isolation to joy and connection. I have specific training and expertise working with couples and work collaboratively with you to deescalate negative cycles, restructure and rebuild trust, and practice strengthening the emotional bond. Please note that I do not accept insurance for couples work.
I work with couples who would like to work through a broad ranges of struggles coming up for them that they would like to address before moving forward more deeply into their commitment.
I work with adult members of families who want to work on strengthening, repairing, and in some cases rebuilding their relationship. Since I am licensed in both California and Oregon, I often work with families in both places.
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