People have told me that I teach them “a new way to live” and have said that they often experience relief and change in a short amount of time. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them create freedom in their lives and relationships, in even the most difficult circumstances. My approach focuses on self awareness and self acceptance: both of which lead to authentic change. My approach is both practical and straightforward and will take you to the heart of what is making you feel unhappy, confused, or stuck. I believe that people are at their best when they understand what they are thinking and feeling and when they can find a new or different way to respond. Although at times, the journey may not be easy, it is always rewarding.
Early in my career I worked with college students helping them to transition from their families of origin into early adulthood. Since then, I have worked with families and children who are involved with the foster care system and adoption. This experience has given me an appreciation for the importance of emotional attachment in the life of every individual. Over the years, I have worked with individuals facing depression, anxiety, divorce, grief and loss, parenting difficulties, familial substance abuse, and life transitions. I have also enjoyed helping couples create greater connection and intimacy.
Pain is an important signal that something in our lives needs attention and I would like to help you find out what this is about so that you can find healing and direction. I believe that “all behavior makes sense” and it helps to uncover what is underneath. What we are doing is our best attempt to to meet our legitimate needs, but it can get confusing. I see therapy as a healthy growth process rather something for people with problems: its a place where we can learn important life skills that we were never taught. If we know and understand ourselves better, we feel and live better.