Recognizing the critical nature of relationships and understanding how they impact well-being—whether in an individual, couple or community context–forms the core of my therapeutic approach. I integrate different evidence-based modalities, which utilize an attachment framework and are strength based, meaning I do not pathologize how we behave, rather I see the adaptive nature of what we think and do as well as the underlying desires. Longing to be closer to someone at the risk of being hurt, isolating oneself to protect against pain, striving for the confidence to manage stress and change are struggles we all encounter. I appreciate the adaptive nature of all of our behavior to manage our difficulties and the validity of these essential human struggles. Colorado Couples Therapy creates a safe environment that fosters insight, learning and awareness, a place where you can embark on the process of positive personal and relational growth.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I hold two master’s degrees, one in Marriage and Family Therapy and one in Education with an emphasis on Special Education. I have been working with couples and families since 2005. Much of my work centered on parenting and sleep issues. I have extensive experience working with parents who are feeling uncertain, anxious or confused about how to best meet the needs of their children. Helping parents feel grounded and empowered has been tremendously rewarding, but many times this was only one aspect of the whole picture. Seeing a need, I broadened my practice to serve couples wanting to deepen their connection, navigate life stressors–children, work, blended family dynamics and emotional wounds that erode trust. My passion is helping couples feel safely connected, so the most difficult conversations can be had in an environment where both feel valued, heard and seen. Achieving this brings joy to the relationship and enhances their ability to grapple with life transitions and stressors.
I have advanced couples training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Couples Training. Both these modalities are research based. Gottman’s research helps us understand with an astoundingly high degree of accuracy exactly what factors put relationships in distress. EFT is shown to be highly effective at helping couples not only get out of distress, but to maintain a sense of love and security over time after therapy is completed.
I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Informed Therapy. These are evidenced based therapeutic skills and approaches that have elements of mindfulness, somatic/body awareness and works to promote change, self-regulation, healing and growth.
Finally, the neuroscience of Attachment Theory underlies these aforementioned therapeutic modalities and significantly informs my conceptualization and work with couples, families and individuals. I am transparent with my clients regarding my treatment planning and ongoing work. If you have further questions about how I work please contact me.
AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
COAMFT: Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
CCA: Colorado Counseling Association
ICEEFT: The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
BCEFT: Boulder Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
DCEFT: Denver Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy