I specialize in couples therapy, and I welcome couples of all backgrounds into my practice, this includes married, dating, LGBTQ+, and multi-racial couples. Research consistently demonstrates the importance of relational health and my work compliments the goal of overall relational satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment. Within a well-functioning and dynamic relationship, problem solving becomes easier, intimacy is present, emotional accessibility and responsiveness become ways of being, and communication is reciprocal, open, and honest. For me, it is a joy to support couples in getting back to or strengthening the health of their relationships.
One of the central models of couples therapy that I pull from is an approach called Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). This style of therapy recognizes that one of our most basic and primal needs as human beings is attachment with and connection to an important other. Early in life, our important others are our caregivers, and as we grow and mature they become our partners. I help clients become more emotionally engaged, and responsive in their love relationships. This not only improves relationship satisfaction, communication, and problem solving, but research has also shown improvement in physiological health when relationships are functioning well, such as immune system function and decreased stress levels. In clinical trials, EFT has shown a 75% positive therapy outcome that lasts well beyond the treatment phase. While I do blend various techniques into my couples work, EFT is most central because of its overwhelmingly positive research outcomes.
I work with couples at all stages of their relationships – perhaps you feel like your relationship is in distress, perhaps you feel like your communication styles could use some fine tuning, or perhaps you’d like to deepen your emotional connection. I encourage you to contact me to find out if I can help.
“Love is not a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” – Fred Rogers