I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is the primary influence in my work with couples. The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on over 40 years of research conducted by Dr. John Gottman. The research has focused on w hat makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes practical tools for improving clients' relationships in three primary areas: friendship and intimacy, conflict management, and the creation of shared meaning.
Couples therapy begins with a three-part assessment phase including a session with both partners together, individual interviews with each partner, and a feedback session in which together we arrive at treatment goals based on the strengths and areas of vulnerability in your relationship. In couples therapy you will learn how to manage conflict more effectively, build intimacy, respect, and affection, and deepen your empathy and understanding of one another.
Couples therapy can be helpful at any stage of a relationship. Common reasons for seeking couples therapy include: frequent fighting/conflicts, poor communication, emotional distancing between partners, and specific problems such as infidelity, sexual difficulties, money, and parenting.
I also offer individual psychotherapy to adults. I work with people on a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety (generalized, social, panic), relationship difficulties, and life transitions (marriage, divorce, parenthood, job change, major losses).
I am trained in a number of clinical orientations, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic/Relational Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I use a combination of these approaches depending on the individual's needs and comfort level. With CBT I focus on the here and now - how thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors affect one's mood and functioning. A psychodynamic/relational approach allows me to help people explore and better understand how early significant relationships have been internalized and continue to influence them today. From DBT I teach mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. Broadly speaking, my aim is to help clients gain a greater understanding and acceptance of themselves while also helping them to make changes that will result in a more fulfilling life.