Welcome! My approach is warm, collaborative and thoughtful. I look forward to helping you make the changes you want in your life.
Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Some clients have immediate problems they need help navigating, but often people come to therapy with a more general sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the way they interact with others or in difficult situations. I love helping clients develop a deep understanding of their patterns, and move towards more satisfying ways of being. I was trained in this type of therapy during graduate school, and have continued to broaden my understanding of how to help clients make these changes.
Through my work with couples, I have been immersed in Attachment work. Our early childhood experiences provide the model for later relationships; Attachment Theory provides a way to help organize and use what we learn from exploring the messages we got early on about what is needed to feel close to an Important Other. I work with clients every day using these concepts.
I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) for Couples. Certification in this method requires extensive training and an independent review of taped sessions with clients. About half my practice is seeing couples of all kinds. I am really enthusiastic about this model, and the way it helps me lead couples to deeper, more resilient connections. You can learn more about it at iceeft.com. EFT is a thoroughly researched, effective way to help partners attach.
As a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist for couples, I help you figure out how and why you end up fighting about "nothing" or about that thing that your partner does that gets under your skin. I help create relationships that heal, rather than just healing relationships. EFT helps you figure out why your best efforts to make the relationship work sometimes bring the opposite result.