The healing space that is generated between therapist and client...it is one of the greatest honors of my life. It never ceases to amaze me.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Ultimately, my work focuses on relationships. I work with clients in their relationship with others such as their parents, partners, friends, work colleagues and other important people. I work with client in their relationship with themselves such as how they see themselves, how they tell their own story and how they are tending to their own wellbeing. I also work with people in their relationship to their spirituality...what is important to them and what feels life giving right now.
Your story matters and you get to decide how you want to tell it. I do work with clients to look back at their past as well as forward to the future in a way that helps them think about how they are storying their life and how they want to continue to tell that story. We are constantly telling ourselves a narrative of how and why things happen. We tell a narrative that has been influenced by multiple people in our lives. I help you examine these influences and find your own inner truth teller.
After almost 20 years of working with couples, I have learned that relationships are never simple. Relationships ARE amazingly resilient works of human art. My work has included journeying with couples through affair recovery, adjusting to life after a new baby, premarital counseling and parenting challenges. A strength of mine as a therapist is navigating complexity and holding space for pain, growth and healing.
Issues around sexual identity bring up many different thoughts, emotions and reactions. We all have a story around our sexuality. That story influences our way of being in this world. Therapy that is respectful, curious, and open to hearing all that is part of your story of sexuality is a gift to your journey. I believe that there is JOY to be found in this story. There is WONDER and LIFE to be experienced in this journey. This story is yours. YOURS. I can help you in the journey of writing it.
Virginia Satir, an early figure in the field of relationship therapy, said: “Relationships are people growing machines.” Your relationship WILL push you to grow both as an individual and as a couple. Stress and conflict are often a sign that growth is on the horizon. I promise that it will be hard work and I promise it will not be easy. I also promise that I can help you experience the joy of leaning into and fully realizing the growth that can only happen in a place of discomfort.
We experience loss at every life transition. Yes, we face loss with the death of a loved one. We also face loss when our child moves away to college. We face loss when we get married…and when we get divorced. We face loss with life events that are considered joyful and with life events that are full of remorse and deep sadness. Some grief and losses hit us with the force of an expected freight train. Loss is not something you can go around. The only way out is through. I journey with you.