Couples

Couple counseling is my specialty and my passion. Additional training beyond my degree program allows me to connect research-based findings with your personal journey. You may be fighting over parenting, money, betrayal, or sex; but deep down those arguments are all about your emotional connection to your partner. Are you there for me?  Will you value me and stay close?  Will you respond to me? Can I trust you?  Working together, I can help you renew your  relationship so that you can count on each other in times of difficulty, problem-solve without conflict, and be lovers... again.  

You may have tried therapy before, but all the skills you were encouraged to use seem to be forgotten in those heated moments of anger and disappointment. It may be time to try something different.  I use the research-based treatment approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is an efficient, comprehensive method of couples counseling that focuses on the core reasons for anger, blame, withdraw, and defensiveness that couples in conflict experience.

I am honored to help you and your partner:

  • Repair infidelity from emotional or physical affairs
  • Understand and resolve repeated conflict
  • Bridge the gap of emotional distance
  • Increase trust

Pre-Marital Counseling

Congratulations! You’ve found your forever love... the person with whom you'll spend the rest of your life. You want your relationship to be one of trust, connection, and caring. Premarital counseling can help you with the skills you need.

Manage differences without hurting each other
Express needs without blame
Stay connected through all that life may bring
Manage friends, in-laws, and stress
Address family of origin issues... before they affect your marriage

I utilize the research of Dr. John Gottman and colleagues to help you avoid the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" -- those interactions that, if allowed to continue, can lead to the demise of a marriage. Our work together can allow you and your partner to build a "Sound Relationship House;"  Dr. Gottman's foundation for a lasting relationship.

Adult Family Counseling

Family members should be there for each other to offer support and understanding in a relationship where all feel safe enough to share thoughts and feelings openly. When a family is in conflict, stress, anger, resentment, disconnection, and unmet needs may be the result.  This negative cycle can impact each family member’s mental and physical health, relationships, and even his or her ability to focus in other areas of life.

Issues don’t have to be severe to warrant family therapy. It is helpful to address the growing tension and stress early, before it develops into more serious resentment and disconnection.

Together, we will explore the issues and truly understand the underlying emotions that fuel the negative interactions between family members. Whether the tension is with in-laws, adult siblings, or between adult child and parent, together we can restore understanding and a close, connected relationship.

Together, we will explore the issues and truly understand the underlying emotions that fuel the negative interactions between family members. Whether the tension is with in-laws, adult siblings, or between adult child and parent, together we can restore understanding and a close, connected relationship.