I find that most people can benefit from therapy during times of stress. I work with individuals to discover what is hindering the progress in their lives such as processing grief and trauma, learning new skills in relating to others, balancing commitments and increasing coping with stress. I listen and am conversational in my approach but I am also directive in giving suggestions and pointing out patterns to gain insight for change. I often do this with humor and providing psycho-education.
As a licensed marital therapist (WA state), I am uniquely trained to deal with the intensity and demands of a couple’s therapy. It is difficult work but so rewarding when you can help a couple beat the odds to create a strong and happy partnership. I work with couples to keep their relationship healthy and alive. I understand that couples feel vulnerable participating in couple’s therapy and I value their commitment to one another as they tackle tough and delicate issues. Some of these issues include affairs, sexual difficulties, sex addiction, infertility, parenting conflicts, re-marriage/blended families, grief, chronic or terminal illness, trauma history, communication difficulty, building intimacy, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, anger management, domestic violence, balancing in-law and friends, and managing work and home commitments. I also help couples who are seeking support as they are divorcing or separating to have a healthy ending or to transition to a positive co-parenting commitment for their children.