I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and have a PhD in American Studies. I’m also a writer. The main focus of my practice is couple’s therapy, and I’m welcoming of high-conflict couples. I also work with individuals, children, and families, particularly those dealing with interpersonal problems. 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 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.