Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Me As a Therapist:
My passion and focus is relationships. I provide couples counseling and marriage therapy here in Seattle, WA.
Empathy, understanding and validation do not always come naturally to us, yet those are the things we need the most of, especially in relationships. I provide these skills to each of you in our sessions together. You will also be encouraged to do the same for the people you are in relationships with. I am honest and direct, yet gentle in my approach with couples. Couples counseling is most effective when negative communication patterns are called out as they happen in session. This allows you to work towards developing more effective communication skills and healthier patterns. I am in your corner and want to support you in your goals during therapy. My hope is that you and your partner can learn to manage conflict, form a deeper more fulfilling emotional connection, learn to have open communication in all areas of your relationship including sex, have kisses that last 6 seconds and laugh with each other daily.
Ways I Practice:
I see clients for weekly sessions in our Laurelhurst location. I use the Gottman Method in my work with couples, however I see clients through an attachment lens and have been integrating Imago therapy in my work as well. I am beginning to shift my practice to online course work as well as intensive couples retreats. Weekly sessions are great, and can really bring about incredible change. I am finding that it can take months if not longer making these types of shifts, as time is limited to 1 hour or week or sometimes 1 hour every other week. In a more intensive setting, we can get through about 6 months of therapy in 3 days. I have a retreat planned on Maui on February 12th through February 14th, 2019. Click here to learn more and to get signed up. You do not want to miss this incredible experience while visiting one of the most beautiful Islands in Hawaii.
About me personally
My husband Charlie and I have been married for 10 years. Together we have three children who keep us very busy! I enjoy reading (when I am not chasing kids around), hiking, watching live music, cooking, playing games with my littles, and a good date night with Charlie! I believe working with couples is my calling and I am humbled daily that couples chose me to go on this journey with them.
Education and Training:
- B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Family Relations and Child Development from California State University, Chico. (2002)
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University in Carlsbad, Ca. (2010)
- Levels I, II and III training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
- I am currently on the certification track with The Gottman Institute. To learn more about The Gottman Institute click here.
- Bringing Baby Home and 7 Principles Gottman Educator
- Prepare-Enrich Facilitator for Pre-Marital couples.