A foundational principal of my work is the belief that with increased self-awareness, we are better able to navigate the challenges our lives offer us. As our self-appreciation increases, we are freed up to interact in the world with greater peace, confidence, integrity and joy.
In addition to traditional therapy approaches, I use sand tray for expressive story telling through image and metaphor, as well as writing, journaling and symbolic imagery.
Sand tray work has become a favorite part of my practice. It is a wonderful way to work through issues when words are just not adequate. It is appropriate for both adults and children.
I will work collaboratively with you to create treatment goals that fit your unique needs. I value a sense of humor even in therapy and believe in the healing power of laughter as well as tears.
My goal in couples counseling is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where you can explore the complexities of your relationship and/or a particular troubling issue and find some relief.
Often people come to couples counseling because they are frustrated with communication and intimacy issues, they feel there has been a betrayal of trust or they are disappointed in the way things are going in their relationship; some are beginning to wonder if they want to stay in the partnership and are seeking clarity. I provide tools to help couples gain communication skills and a better understanding of themselves and their partner; create a safe space for both unique perspectives to be expressed and heard, and provide concrete steps to take in support of your goals as well as tools in support of healing and forgiveness when there has been a betrayal of trust.
Sometimes I may suggest creative tools to explore problems that seem to have no solution. That may include writing, drawing, painting or sand tray work.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me by phone. I’d be happy to talk with you and help you determine if I might be the right fit for you.
Books that I recommend for couples include:
- Undefended Love, by Jett Psaris, Ph.D. & Marlena S. Lyons, Ph.D.
- Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationship, by John Welwood
- Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, by John Gottman, Ph.D.
- The 7 Principles For Making your Marriage Work, by John Gottman, Ph.D.
- Getting The Love Your Want, by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
- Hold Me Tight, 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson