It’s important to find the right therapist fit. My approach is humanistic and highly interactive—in other words, I do not sit back quietly. Instead, engage with my clients, constantly giving them active feedback and helping them develop skills. I believe establishing a non-judgmental environment and actively offering feedback and guidance is essential to the healing process.
I have extensive post-graduate training in various modalities and couples and marital programs, including Emotional Focused Therapy, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), and Imago Therapy. Imago relationship therapy (IRT) aims to equip couples with the tools necessary to relate to each other in healthier ways, and reveal the emotional pathway formed in childhood that led them to their current situation. These research-based modalities have been proven to help increase communication and help couples connect and improve emotional attachment.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
As a trained Emotionally Focused Therapist, I help couples reduce conflict while helping them creating a more secure emotional bond. Couples learn to express deep, underlying emotions from a place of vulnerability to ask for their needs to be met. Partners begin to view undesirable behaviors (i.e., shutting down or angry escalations) as “protests of disconnection.” Couples learn to be emotionally available, empathetic and engaged with each other, strengthening the attachment bond and safe haven between them. Emotionally Focused Therapy is generally considered to be successful in showing a significant increase in empathy behavior in couples. EFT is best known as a cutting-edge, tested and proven couple intervention.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is a focused approach to treating traumatic and other symptoms by reconnecting the client in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma, and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. It is based on the idea that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural ability to heal, and that the healing process can be facilitated and completed through bilateral stimulation while the client is re-experiencing the trauma in the context of the safe environment of the therapist’s office (dual awareness). Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy some people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
I use EMDR to treat trauma, anxiety and other mental health conditions. I believe EMDR can be very effective alongside and in combination with other treatments.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy, during which clients and therapists works as a team to identify and solve problems. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically tested form of psychotherapy that is effective for many different disorders and problems. CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills.
Divorce and Family Mediator
As a trained Divorce and Family Mediator a neutral third party, I meet with you and your spouse to discuss and resolve the issues in your divorce. As a Divorce and Family Mediator, I serve as a facilitator to help you and your spouse figure out what’s best. This process is much preferred and less expensive than a court trial or series of hearings. It allows you and your spouse to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation, instead of having a solution imposed on you. This process also helps to improve communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts and is also always in the best interest of children.