You are more than the problems that beset you.
Counseling encourages the brave work of self inquiry and relational connection.
Your relationships are the touchstones to your personal well being. Our work will take a close look at those bonds - past and present - that continue to influence your present experience. Our weekly interactions provide ongoing opportunities to develop more authentic connections with your own well being and with those most important to you.
The lion’s share of my work as a relational therapist involves assisting individuals to better regulate their relationships with others. If overwhelmed by the needs of others, we focus on practicing setting more effective boundaries. Or, if disturbed by isolation, we practice allowing more vulnerability to show through to increase opportunities for bonding. By paying attention to the patterns apparent in our therapeutic relationship, we can discover clues to broader patterns and explore ways to “adjust the temperature” in order to create better-regulated habits as we return to our families and communities.
A Little Background
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFC License #48223.
I received my M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2006 with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology through the Holistic Psychology program in Campbell, CA. As an expression of my ongoing studies, I am a topic expert and regular author as a Relational Therapist for the GoodTherapy website. I adhere to a Developmental Model of Couples Therapy; integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience. My training experience with Hakomi and with the Couples Institute have been formative in this regard.
As a trained Family Wellness instructor, I provide foundational parenting skills to new families as well as those beset by domestic violence, child abuse, and/or divorce. I am also a credentialed California Multi Subject Teacher and have been a classroom instructor for grades K-8 since 1990.
What to Expect
Our initial session will be an opportunity for you to address your goals and to explore directly how we might tailor future sessions to meet those goals. If I believe your needs can best be met elsewhere, I will provide a list of referrals for you at this time. If we agree that you would benefit from our work together, I will generally request you to invest in a series of eight weekly sessions. This initial investment allows time to relax into the natural process of our developing relationship. After eight sessions, we can take time to assess your progress toward your goals and evaluate whether to continue.
Please print and complete a Consent Form and Client Info Sheet. Bring them with you to our first meeting. We will go over them together at the start of our session. We also have copies available at the office.