I help couples move from conflict to peace by resolving current problems and past issues so they can have joyful and loving relationships.
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR
Supervised by Dr. James Soliday, LMFT
We all depend on other people--especially our partners! And this is a good thing. But sometimes that dependency can start to feel stifling or restrictive. An unhealthy dependency can occur at times in most relationships. Together we can sort out the issues that are of concern for you and your partner and strengthen your relationship by deepening your connection with yourself and each other.
Is your anxiety causing difficulties in your relationships? Anxiety can make it difficult to communicate effectively and have soothing connections with our partner. Together we can learn ways to not let your anxiety disrupt your relationship satisfaction.
Relationships can be complex and messy. As an EFT-informed couples therapist I prioritize looking at the emotional responses underneath the complexity. This allows us to get out of our heads and go deeper into the issues that are causing problems. The process is focused on helping you identify the particular cycle that is keeping you and your partner in a negative space, healing old wounds, increasing bonding and building on your strengths.
Healthy couples are my passion! I utilize a psychodynamic approach that places the couples issues in the context of their lived experience and EFT which will give us the tools to de-escalate conflict, identify your particular negative communication cycle, and then increase nurturing, bonding, and intimacy. I work with couples of all kinds and at every stage of their relationship.
I have received three years of specialized clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. As a skilled and intuitive clinician, I have been trained to listen for unconscious material that is causing internal conflicts (often leading to depression or anxiety), distorting perspectives, blocking growth and development, and interfering with relationships. With compassion and insight we will work to remove those barriers that are keeping you from living the life you desire.
Whether your experience of depression is situational or rooted in something much deeper there is hope. I use my analytic approach to therapy to help you gain insight and resolve any underlying issues that may be contributing to your depressed mood. With thoughtfulness and sensitivity we can examine the meaning of depression in your life and find your spark again.
I am passionate about healthy relationships! I have the education, training, and expertise to help you get the relationship that you have always wanted. Throughout the therapy experience, you and your partner can move from distance to bonding, isolation to intimacy, and confused communication to understanding. You can learn how to be more skilled in relationships: setting boundaries, getting your needs met, and improving communication, so that you can have the relationships you desire.
Anxiety is something that affects us all. You may have anxiety about a specific situation (a problem at work, social anxiety) or it may be more generalized and your anxiety involves deeper existential questions. Together we can explore the causes and effects of these intense emotions and find solutions to manage your anxiety and start feeling more at ease.