I’m a psychotherapist (licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate) and have a PhD in American Studies. I’m also a writer. I work individually with adults and adolescents, particularly those dealing with relationship problems, anxiety, and periods of high stress. My specialization is in couple’s and family therapy, and I’m welcoming of high-conflict couples and families. As a therapist, I’m committed to developing a close, working relationship with clients, and I believe humor, openness, and directiveness all serve this goal. My strength is in balancing assertiveness and directness with empathy and support.
My approach can be best defined as integrative, combining aspects of Systemic Therapy (focused on roles and interactional patterns), Gestalt (a holistic approach focused on experience in the present), Cognitive-Behavioral (an approach focused on thoughts and behavior), and Emotionally-Focused Therapy (a couple’s approach focused on connection). I tend to view problems as occurring when we get stuck in some way, using ineffective solutions to address problems, relying on old coping styles that are no longer working, and repeating patterns in relationships that make problems worse rather than better. For a free consultation, please contact me at 512-993-1616.