I specialize in work with relationship issues and sexual concerns. I also work with autistic adults and with parents of autistic kids.
Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
This set of skills is based on asking a series of questions to help you uncover your underlying reasons to move forward with plans or identify and work with obstacles that prevent you from doing so.
I apply my learning from the Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy, Collaborative Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy to those couples who are considering marriage and want to feel prepared with a solid foundation of skills and self-knowledge to further their relationship.
This systematic and research-based approach to helping individuals and couples with relationship concerns is highly effective. It involves numerous concepts and tools that are easily-understood and that you can start using right away.
People don't necessarily require therapy simply because they are autistic. Some people have an autistic diagnosis among other mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression or OCD symptoms. Relationships can be complicated, whether one or both partners are autistic. Being an autistic person definitely includes many positive traits, and in therapy we look at abilities and aptitudes as well as challenges. I maintain a strengths-based orientation, and my goal is to help autistic people live the lives they want to live. I see some young adults who were identified as autistic early on and who are wondering what they can do to make the most of their transition to adulthood. Older adults may meet with me because they, or someone else close to them, realized they are probably autistic, and they are making sense of that. I work with adults on the autistic/Asperger's spectrum, both in individual therapy and in couples therapy formats.
Sex therapy includes addressing a wide array of concerns, such as difficulty with orgasm, sexual or pelvic pain, and problems achieving or maintaining an erection. Couples often meet with a Sex Therapist to work out tension or conflicts about how often and in what ways they want to have sex. I take a practical approach to work with individual clients and with couples who want to make improvements in their sex lives. The foundation of Sex Therapy includes giving people basic educational information and access to resources as a first step. If that doesn't result in the changes you want to make, then we consider more specific suggestions that are tailored to your particular problem. As you try the suggestions and recommendations of the therapist, hopefully you see improvement. If not, then we know more reflective or intensive therapy is indicated.
Relationship concerns of all kinds are an area of deep specialization for me. I became certified by the Gottman Institute of Seattle over 10 years ago. I apply the research from the Gottman Insitute in my work with individual clients as well as couples of all kinds. This training involved attending a series of live workshops in Seattle and then individual supervision with a seasoned Gottman Therapist. The supervision meetings were based on reviewing video samples of me as I used the research principles during actual client sessions. This allowed me to get feedback and eventually demonstrate competence with the concepts and techniques of Gottman's work. This program was rigorous and rewarding. Since going through this training, I am never at a loss for words with couples. I have a reliable sense of how best to pace our sessions and can share materials and ideas that keep people steadily progressing toward their goals.