A supportive counseling relationship can be the difference between suffering alone and finding your own unique path back to wholeness. I have helped many individual clients and couples find the way back to that place of insight. Together, we work to recognize how the past impacts the present, and how thoughts influence actions. Using Imago Relationship therapy and Stan Tatkin's PACT approach, I guide couples on a path toward safe, connected communication. My aim is to teach couples the skills to address any relationship challenge, giving them the tools to maintain their connection outside the counseling room. I also have studied the Imago Parenting approach and am certified to teach the program as a workshop or in individual therapy sessions. I also have been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and am pleased to offer this effective, time-limited treatment approach to clients with trauma histories or disturbing memories of all kinds.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
In addition to marriage counseling and relationship therapy work, I am experienced in helping clients facing many challenges, including divorce support, anxiety, depression, trauma, GLBT-related concerns, grief, infidelity, parenting and spiritual/religious issues. I served as a rape crisis counselor for several years and helped faciliate an HIV/AIDS support group. I have an interest in the Adlerian theory of individual psychology, and have studied the cognitive-behavioral practice of Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Recently, I have been privileged to offer ideas about post-pregnancy Valentine's Days, raising children while maintaining a marriage, battling holiday angst, and finding 30 seconds to save your marriage, at WashingtonPost.com.
APPROACH TO HEALING
I take a person-centered approach to the counseling process. Each client's concerns and goals are unique, and rarely conform to a standard treatment plan. Together, we will create a holistic strategy that meets your needs. Following your lead, we can attend to the integration of body, mind and spirit in your healing process so that you will see quick improvement in both how you feel and how you function in all your relationships.
GET TO KNOW MY STYLE
I often tell my clients that finding the right therapist is sort of like dating - there needs to be chemistry to ensure the best match. While nothing can truly replace the experience of meeting in-person, I've long believed that a person's writing can reveal much about her approach to the world. I invite you to take a look at the articles I have written for Counseling Today magazine and the Soul Matters newsletter. For the last few years, I have been writing a relationship advice column for the Georgetowner newspaper and I also maintain a blog section on this site. All feedback is always appreciated! So please drop me a note if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions.