Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. — Erich Fromm
Compassionate Counseling for Couples, Individuals & Parents
Research has shown that the quality of our intimate relationships is the single most important factor in our health and well-being. In other words, when our relationships don’t work, we hurt. If your relationship with your spouse, partner, family — or even with yourself — is not satisfying, it’s no wonder you feel frustrated, stuck, anxious or depressed.
Therapy can make a difference. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I help couples, individuals and parents gain deeper understanding of their relationships, connect with their core feelings and beliefs, make changes and feel better.
My approach to therapy involves working with adults and young adults to assist them in seeing and experiencing things a different way — to open up to new perspectives and possibilities. For couples, counseling can lead to feeling more loved, loving, respected and understood. Individuals can steer their lives in a more fulfilling direction, and parents can gain insight about how to foster the family relationships they desire.
As parent and a spouse, I understand the challenges of intimacy. I believe that growth and a sense of well-being reside in healthy relationships with ourselves and others. To that end, I always strive to foster a safe, supportive and caring environment that promotes healing, wholeness and an increased capacity to give and receive love.
I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to these degrees, I have earned advanced training and certifications in several therapeutic models. I am an advanced therapist in Emotionally Focuses Couples Therapy. I am an advanced trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach, a parenting education program for families with especially challenging children. And I have completed a year-long program in life coaching from the esteemed Newfield Coach Training.
I see my work as embracing and integrating psychotherapy, spirituality (making sense of life’s big questions) and the most up-to-date research in corroborating disciplines such as the social sciences, neuropsychology and consciousness studies.
It’s important to me to be with my clients in a way that’s down to earth, transparent, real, collaborative and spontaneous — and with a sense of humor. My clients tell me that they feel comfortable with me because I am approachable, warm, friendly and non-judgmental.
Among the issues I typically address:
Relationship issues Family of origin issues Depression, anxiety, loneliness and stress Divorce and separation Self-care and self-esteem issues Self-criticism and perfectionism Parenting issues Finding meaning and purpose Life transitions Assertiveness skills training Premarital counseling