Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
My experience as a couples therapist has shown me that relationships come in all forms. However what is foundational in all partnerships is a shared understanding of one another, a willingness to give one another the benefit of the doubt and most importantly, the ability to show emphathy. That ability to deeply feel what another is experiencing is not something that comes naturally or easily. It takes practice and it starts with small, intimate moments of healing and repair. This often begins with one’s self, thus despite my title as a Couples and Family Therapist, I often find that repairing the relationship with one’s self and reconciling past trauma in your family of origin is often an integral and powerful piece of therapy.
We tend to optimally function when we build satisfying and secure relationships with other people. Naturally, life transitions and stressors often place strain on our individual and relational well-being, resulting in a need for adjustments in relationship boundaries, expectations, and communication styles. Such changes in relational dynamics, while hard, can result in more connected, satisfying, and pleasurable relationships.
I enjoy working with culturally diverse individuals, partnerships, and families. I use a combination of Narrative, Emotionally Focused, and Gottman Therapy, but most importantly, I tailor each case based on the clients’ needs. Using an intersectional, sex-positive lens, my therapy process is designed to address issues related to communication, trust, sex, intimacy, power discrepancies, and conflict resolution. As these conversations emerge, the real work, and thus our journey, begins.
My partner of five years and I have been living in the Pacific Northwest for just under three years. We enjoy spending time with our fur babies and being active outside. Whether we are hiking, snowboarding, paddle boarding, or riding motorcycles, we both enjoy soaking up all that the beautiful PNW has to offer!