I graduated from Antioch University's Couple & Family Therapy Program in 1999.  My approach to clients is eclectic, but I have three perspectives I am most heavily influenced by.  I deeply believe in Systems Theory, which looks at the person, their psyche and behavior in the context of the family or other group that they belong to.  I also rely on Attachment Theory in my work, which acknowledges the impact of our first primary relationships on current relationships.  Last but not least, I find Cognitive-Behavioral Theory helpful, which focuses on the role of thoughts in creating and perpetuating feelings and behavior.


In addition, brain research is informing us that our experiences have changed and continue to change the actual physiology of our brains, something we call neuroplasticity.  Difficult experiences have caused our brains to wire in certain ways, but with time and attention, therapy can help the brain to rewire itself.  One way we can help this process along is to incorporate some time into therapy to focus on our physical sensations in the present moment that are occurring in response to the interactions between client and therapist.  This activates all the brain systems at the same time to help new healthy connections form.  There are no expectations or judgments when we do this, only curiosity, respect and compassion.


The areas I have a particular affinity for working with are:

Relationship with Self

  • Anxiety

  • Body Image

  • Depression

  • Food Addiction

  • Perfectionism

  • Shame/Self-Hate vs. Self Compassion


Relationship with Others

  • Co-dependency

  • Fear of Commitment

  • Fear of Intimacy

  • Individuation from Family of Origin

  • Insecurity in Relationships

  • Introversion

  • Recovering from Narcissistic Parenting

  • Relating with Narcissists

  • Self-Care for Parents Parenting Children with Special Needs

  • Social Anxiety


Relationship with Life

  • Grief and Loss

  • Lifecycle Adjustment

  • Spirituality & Soulfulness

  • Stress

  • Transition

  • Trauma

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