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At some point in our lives, we may feel stuck or face certain challenges. Sometimes we know exactly what’s wrong and other times we have the nagging sense that something feels “off.” Getting support from somebody on the outside can help you to understand more clearly what’s going on and create new ways to think about yourself and your relationships with others. By uncovering the obstacles holding you back, you can learn to make better choices, turn goals into realities, and find a greater sense of peace in the day-to-day.
I work with people on a wide array of issues, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, parenting, family building, identify formation, grief, and loss. I also work with couples and people managing issues that are specific to the entertainment business.
Research shows that the most significant factor in a successful outcome is the relationship with your therapist—what might be described as the experience of “feeling felt.”
Many people wonder what it might be like to come to therapy. I view a first session as a consultation—a time for me to get to know you, and for you to experience working with me. This is important because research shows that the most significant factor in a successful outcome is the relationship with the therapist—what might be described as the experience of “feeling felt.” It matters even more than the therapist’s training, the kind of therapy they do, or what kind of problem the person has.
Our emotions form the core of who we are—understanding them improves the quality of our lives. While I incorporate a variety of modalities into my work, I tend to focus on the here-and-now. This means that I pay a lot of attention to what’s happening not just in your life between sessions, but also what’s happening in the room—between you and me—during our sessions. Your past will come up so that we can uncover motives and feelings outside of your awareness, but I don’t believe that spending years talking about Mom or Dad is the most effective way to help you. Instead I take a creative and practical approach that allows you to understand more experientially what drives you and restricts you, and to identify more useful ways of being. The idea isn’t to get bogged down in analysis, but to quiet the “noise” that distracts you, so that you can focus your energy on what’s meaningful, productive, and fulfilling.
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