I completed an intensive CBT training in 2013, and fell in love with the treatment model. I completed certification as a cognitive therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2018. CBT helps people make sense of the often confusing and overwhelming issues they are having, and put them in context with other experiences in their live. This helps people understand not only WHY they are experiencing something, but also HOW to counter act it. I find both are equally important!
I welcome couples of all genders and orientations. I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work, which is a research-based treatment that helps you build on your foundation of friendship and respect, and learn to let the little things go. I have extensive training in assessing and treating intimate partner violence, which is any pattern of manipulation or control, up to and including violence. Couples counseling isn't always the best place to start in some situations, so I offer a free consultation to help you and/or your partner figure out your next steps.
I have been using a solution-focused approach in combination with other modalities since beginning my clinical career in 2011. I continue to participate in SFBT trainings and workshops, most recently in 2018. I believe SFBT helps people envision their best selves, and I help people start working toward that from day one. It's not an overnight process, but I do think that people who come to therapy want to start feeling better pretty quickly.
High achievers often appear to have it all together, but they are feeling a great deal of impostor syndrome, or that something is missing. This is often because of a traumatic experience from early in their life leaving them chasing after validation that they may not have gotten. It's a feeling of "once I do this, I'll be good," but those goal posts keep moving. This is often at the root of anxiety and depression that seemingly successful people feel, and it affects their relationships, job satisfaction, and overall wellbeing. I work with individuals and couples who aren't afraid of hard work, but who feel disconnected from their success.
I have specialized training and certification in treating DV/IPV, and in particular, DV in queer relationships. I ran groups for aggressors for years, and am especially interested in helping people who are ready to let go of manipulating or controlling someone they love.
I've worked with the queer community since beginning my clinical career and am part of the community myself as a queer/bisexual woman. I use an affirming care model and actively counter the cis-het default. I welcome individuals and couples of all genders and orientations. I partner with Building Allies to help educate others about providing affirming care for trans and gender nonconforming folks. The majority of my clients identify as trans or gender-nonconforming.