Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who works with couples and families. I help couples who feel “stuck” in their patterns within the relationship find new ways of interacting with each other that promote and restore connection, empathy, and intimacy. I have been told that my style is “gentle yet firm”- I take a strengths-based approach, but also believe it is important to intervene when I observe unhelpful positions and behaviors in sessions. I invite clients to take a collaborative approach when working with me, as I believe therapy is most successful when clients have an active role in setting their own goals. Some of the issues I work with when seeing couples and partnerships include concerns about trust, intimacy, parenting, infidelity, sexuality, grief, preparation for marriage and life transitions.
I am a systemic thinker, in that I believe problems within couples and families always have circular causality as opposed to linear cause-and-effect. I believe it is also imperative to examine each client’s context, including their family of origin, to understand their position. I strive to be a culturally competent therapist, considering clients’ identity, sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of diversity and intersectionality in the therapy process. My work is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy, family systems theory, Gottman Method, and Attachment-Based Family Therapy, among other approaches.
I completed my degree with a strong focus on sex therapy, and I intend to pursue full certification as a Sex Therapist. I work from a sex positive lens with a variety of issues and topics, including sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, sexual enrichment, and becoming comfortable with one’s own and/or one’s partner’s sexuality. I am LGBTQ affirming and respect all relationship structures.
Education and Training:
- B.S. in Education and Social Policy with a double major in Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
- Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA
- Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
To get in touch with Carly call 206-395-5797.