Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Couples and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience counseling individuals, families and romantic partners. My training is in systemic theory/issues that include how an individual relates to the world and those around them based on their background, culture, life experiences, childhood/upbringing, life stressors, and their mental health capacity/reaction to the changes and stressors around them. I have worked in residential settings; outpatient settings that focused on children, adults and families; as well as college student populations. I have extensive experience working with Trauma survivors and more recently Veterans and those with minor substance abuse issues. My research experience and interactions with clients has shown that mental and behavioral health issues have either a genetic link or a systemic link; or commonly the interaction between the two. In either case, one can greatly benefit from counseling services to create the change they are desiring to live healthier and happier.
Populations & Approach
I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and aging adults on a variety of issues with a basic premise that a person needs to be “whole” in mind, body and spirit (not religiously defined) to feel empowered and able to handle the ups and downs that life naturally brings. My approach is strength based to support an individual/family to reconnect and identify their internal skills to help improve their circumstance.
My counseling techniques include a blend of Acceptance (ACT) based therapy; Motivational Interviewing (MI); Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT); Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Solution Focused (SFT); and a variety of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills along with Gottman influenced relational work. The combination of these evidenced based therapies allows for one’s mind; actions; and core identity to be engaged throughout the counseling process.