My Services Offered through Teletherapy
Do you and your partner find yourselves stuck in the same negative cycle? Is this cycle pushing you further and further apart? I specialize in working with couples to gain insight into these negative patterns to regain a sense of relational confidence and connection.
In couples therapy I can help you at any point in your relational journey; as you start a new phase of your relationship, as you work through new or ongoing struggles, or through the process of separation.
I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with post-doctoral training specific to couples therapy. I am additionally certified in Prepare/Enrich to work with couples prior to marriage to assess areas of strength and growth to assist couples in developing specific skills based on each couple's needs. I have additional training as a mediator (a non-attorney divorce professional), to work with couples to disentangle their relationship during the process of separation as they consider aspects of co-parenting.
Reproductive and Perinatal Mental Health
The journey toward parenthood is one that involves aspects of your physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual health. While my hope for every person is that their journey to parenthood is smooth and easy, I am here if your reproductive story is not what you expected. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in working with new parents and couples on the relational impact of new parenthood. As many as 1 in 5 new moms and 1 and 10 dads will experience a mental health complication during pregnancy or postpartum. The couple relationship is so vulnerable during this time but can also be a source of support when attended to with intention and care.
I am certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) with advanced training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from Postpartum Support International. I have additional advanced perinatal bereavement training from Resolve Through Sharing. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) focused on reproductive trauma.
As a scholar-practitioner, I also engage in research related to perinatal mental health which informs my clinical practice. This allows me to stay up-to-date on current issues affecting parents and effective therapeutic approaches. I have published and given professional presentations on topics related to the impacts of COVID-19 on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum; birth trauma; and pregnancy loss.
Medical Family Therapy
Mental health is health! Mental health and physical health are inextricably connected. If you are struggling with an acute or chronic health condition, it is likely that you also are impacted by emotional complications. You may also be struggling with how to manage this with a partner/spouse or with other family members. My goals are to help you and important support persons better communicate and manage these issues.
I see great value in collaboration with other health professionals and have worked in both primary and specialty care medical settings collaborating on patient care.
I am a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. As the former Director of Clinical Training for the Couple & Family Therapy Department at Adler University I have a deep understanding of pre-licensed clinicians’ licensing requirements and developmental clinical needs. I consider my supervisory approach to be supportive yet challenging, and I have a strong focus on systemic clinical skills and self-of-therapist development. Supervisees are expected to implement various clinical skills and theoretical approaches to evolve their personal approach to therapy. Prior to contracting for supervision, I am happy to discuss your goals and my approach to determine if I would be a good fit as your supervisor.