I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individual adults, couples, and adolescents and their families. I use a variety of approaches and believe that it is important to tailor my approach to each client and situation. I am trained in a number of specific therapies such as the Gottman Method for Couples, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS, ongoing), among others.
Some practitioners in the field often worked for long periods of time before deciding to become a therapist. I believe that my prior life experience adds an additional dimension to what I can offer my clients. My growing passion to work with people in a professional capacity thoughtfully led me to this profession.
I believe deeply that therapy can help my clients improve their life in ways that are hard to imagine if they have never experienced therapy before. I also believe that there is an indestructible “Self” in all of us that–with the proper help–can bring about greater internal harmony. My goal in therapy is to help you live more fully from that best version of yourself. This involves becoming more aware of what is at the root of the issues you are experiencing. Such work must be done with the greatest respect for who you are today and how and why you became that person. Therapy with me is a very collaborative process where I bring my skills to the therapeutic relationship in order to help you address the issues that brought you into therapy. Trust and safety are essential elements of the therapist-client relationship, both of which I work hard to establish.
If you are religious or have a spiritual practice, I invite you to let me know if you would like that part of you to be taken into consideration during the therapy process.
I am supervised by a licensed clinician, Jan Hornung, LMFT (41464), who has over 20 years of psychotherapy experience.