The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. --Carl Rogers
As a marriage and family therapist, my main clinical objective is to offer a safe, supportive, environment where clients feel honored, respected, and supported. The therapeutic relationship we establish and create together becomes the experience through which you can reconnect with your inherent goodness, explore beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you, experiment with new ways of thinking and making meaning about your life, and recover your innate sense of hopefulness about yourself, your relationships, and your future.
My therapeutic approach is client-centered, meaning it is based on meeting clients where they are at with an attitude of empathy, curiosity, unconditional acceptance, and warmth. I strive to support each client in strengthening their ability to trust their thinking, speak their truth, and to listen to themselves and to others with an open, courageous heart. I utilize Experiential, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions when working with clients. I have a special interest in working with children utilizing various play therapy modalities, including Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Sandtray.
I consider therapy to be a dynamic, collaborative process that is unique to each individual, couple, and family. As a marriage and family therapist, I think systemically, which means I view each individual’s stated challenges in the context of their life experiences, social, cultural, and historic environments, their identities, and their relationships. I work from a theoretical foundation that is founded on the premise that past experiences and relationships, particularly those from our earliest years, with our first caregivers, influence how many of us currently view ourselves and how we experience our world. Through the therapeutic process of connection, I believe we can experience ourselves in new, more adaptive ways: in ways that promote and encourage our inherent tendency toward connection, growth, and authenticity.