I will work collaboratively with you to determine your goals and how your current strengths can be applied to each. I work from a solution focused philosophy which means that I not only don’t judge you, but immediately look for what is working and how we can use that to your advantage in addressing your concerns.
Difficulties can arise even in the best of marriages. Why not use the resources you have available through counseling to create the relationship you desire? I address each couple from a neutral, nonjudgmental position. It does not matter who I think is “right”, but rather that you leave as a couple who is functioning happily and in love.
I have specialized training in Level 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Please see www.gottman.com for more information on this research based method of relational counseling. I have also completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
No one lives in a vacuum. Whether the issue at hand appears to be for an individual or couple, addressing the whole family can better support any improvements gained in counseling. I often see families in alternating formats: sometimes just parents, sometimes the entire system and sometimes just the kids. I like to be flexible with who needs attention each particular week and how that needs to be addressed.
Do you feel like you are losing your child to the difficulties they face? Are you looking to reconnect? I work best with adolescents that are “challenging” and in creating support and healing for the entire family. Underneath that challenging surface include but are not limited to issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, drug use, family conflict or ADHD. The first goal I have for working with any adolescent is to gain their cooperation through an atmosphere of respect and understanding. I work to motivate them by collaborating with them on changes they would like to make. I adjust my approach to suit the personality of each adolescent. They often leave saying “that wasn’t so bad!"
Drug and Alcohol assessments, counseling and referral
I am able to evaluate and prepare written reports for drug/alcohol assessments.
Speaking engagements per request
What does an MFT do? The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy states:
"Family Therapists are highly qualified to provide mental health services. All licensed MFTs must have a minimum of a master’s degree and at least two years of post-graduate supervised clinical experience. Thirty percent of all MFTs have a doctoral degree. Currently, 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize and license Family Therapists as independent mental health providers."
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