I deeply believe we all have the innate ability to affect positive change in our lives. However, there are times when we may need the support of a caring professional to guide the way to becoming “unstuck.” Often, life experiences and patterns in our past contribute to the road blocks that keep us stuck in our current lives. Therefore, I strive to serve as a support to couples, families and individuals who want to uncover the things that “get in the way” of having fulfillment.
I take a relational approach to my work because I believe that relationships are critical to overall wellness, health and healing. I also understand that the issues that bring clients into therapy are frequently connected to struggles with those closest to them.
Much of my work focuses on couples experiencing challenges resulting from life transitions (marriage, birth of a child, mid-life, etc.), infidelity, and physical or emotional disconnection. Through the therapy process, couples and I work collaboratively to identify negative interaction patterns, build skills to cope with relationship distress, and deepen understanding of both the individuals and their partners.
I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desentisization Reprocessing), which uses new discoveries about how the brain stores emotional experiences and relies on the brain’s self-healing capacity. EMDR "processing" is different than traditional talk therapy. It focuses on alternately stimulating the right and left sides of the brain, allowing experiences that are causing problems to be "digested" and stored appropriately, thereby neutralizing the strong, negative emotions and sensations previously associated with the disturbing events. EMDR is often a useful complement to other types of counseling.