Hi! Thanks for considering me as your therapist. I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for almost 15 years. My approach is sincere, honest and warm. My work has an “end” in mind, and we work towards your goals. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am specially trained to work with couples and families, and I feel privileged to be allowed access to the thoughts and feelings of my clients. My family systems training has given me the awareness and ability to understand the complexities of relationships, the unique dynamics within couples and families, and in true systems fashion, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I address a wide variety of relationship issues within the context of the family system.
I primarily use experiential, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy models. I am also trained in Discernment Counseling, and am certified as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. I have also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Methods Couples Therapy and use the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work, as well.
I received my BA from Rice University in History and Political Science, my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and my Ph.D. in Family Science from the University of Maryland. I have been a therapist in a University-based Marriage and Family Therapy clinic, an elementary school, at a nonprofit providing services for at-risk youth and their families, led adventure therapy in the great outdoors, worked at a private psychiatry practice, and operated my own private practice for couples and families. I also had the privilege of working for many years in research supporting military families and draw on that experience whenever possible.
In my personal life, I adore my family (my husband and my two little kiddos) and spend as much time with them as possible. I’m passionate about sports and exercise and years ago, I played volleyball for Rice University. Even though those days seem like a long time ago, I still try to embrace my inner athlete by biking, walking, lifting weights and playing volleyball.
Finally, one of the most important parts of therapy is the connection between the client and the therapist. I work hard to understand every single one of my clients (needs, hopes, and struggles) so I do not have a one size fits all approach, since every client is unique. If you think we’d be a good fit, I look forward to meeting you!