I have a special passion for helping couples, and find couples work to be especially rewarding. Again and again, I have seen in my practice people fall back in love right in front of me. Couples that started in conflict and discord move into understanding, forgiveness, compassion, and increased intimacy. Nothing is better than doing work with people that leads them back to love. I have trained extensively in a style of therapy that promotes attachment and relationships. We will look at how early relationships and family relations impact the kind of relationships you have now---what that means is that I am not just treating the couple but that I also help to create insight and understanding into why you are the way you are and through that work each member of the couple often experiences improvements in other relationships as well. I have had the pleasure of working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 12 years. I have completed extensive trainings in couples work, including Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
When I see a couple who comes to me in pain and wanting things to be better, I wholeheartedly believe that change is possible. You are clearly looking at this profile because you are obviously unhappy with the way things are and this action demonstrates your hope. If you didn't have hope about your relationship you wouldn't be looking for a marriage therapist. I share your hope. I am equally committed to working on the success of the relationships, as the couples I see are.
When I work with a couple, I work to understand what is causing the conflict, distance, and dissatisfaction that exists. I strongly believe that relationships can be radically changed and improved with just a few simple insights. I work to build closeness and trust that may have eroded over time. I have seen couples, time and time again, through therapy, come to recapture the love, joy and appreciation they once had for each other and get closer than they ever imagined possible. Together, the three of us, will work to improve communication and bring light to unconscious patterns, beliefs and thoughts that emerged from past relationships (familial and otherwise). Through increased insight and understanding, it is absolutely possible to have a relationship filled with intimacy, closeness, and increased satisfaction.
I am a pro-commitment Marriage Friendly Therapist and a member of the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists and of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.