I know that it is often difficult to make that first call (see “How Do I Know When to Ask for Help?“)
I work with individuals, couple, and families – depending on your needs and concerns. (see “Different Types of Therapy“)
I have experience working with relationships in distress and extensive work in with anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and trauma issues. Some examples include domestic violence, sexual assault, and different types of abuse, including long term childhood developmental trauma. I am certified in EMDR (see EMDR tab) and have extensive experience working with college students. I continue to work as adjunct faculty at Seattle University in their Couples and Family Therapy graduate program .
I am certified to use both the PREPARE/ENRICH and the Gottman Relationship Checkup online assessment. Both are used for either premarital or married couples to assess strengths and weakness in their relationship. These helpful tools are available as an option during couple therapy. Each assessment costs $35.
As an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, I also supervise Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who are working on becoming fully licensed. I also work with therapists who desire additional training working with clients from a family systems perspective.
I love my practice and my clients. Each day is different and unique. People tell me all the time, “I couldn’t do what you do”. That comment always surprises me because I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I get to see people do the hard work of change. They often come in at their lowest place in their life and after therapy, feel more hopeful and are able to make the changes in their lives that they have only thought about for so long. I feel honored to be part of that process.
I have such diversity in my practice. On a given day, I could work with individuals, relationships, families, siblings, children, parents, roommates, or co-workers. Every client needs their own unique approach. Working to understand and create that approach is a creative challenge. I admire and respect my clients for the courage they have to take the step to reach out and make the phone call and actually walk in the door. I am encouraged when clients challenge themselves and trust me to challenge them to make changes in a safe space.
I have a heart for encouraging change in people who are struggling. I am a pure Marriage and Family Therapist – both my master’s degree and my Ph.D are in Marriage and Family Therapy, which is unique in Michigan. I have served on the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) Board in MI and worked as the Executive Administrator for the MFT Board in Kansas. I am a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and have been working with couples and families for over 27 years.
I continue to pursue this field because of what it represents: Healthy relationships, healthy families, healthy couples, healthy individuals – less pain, more growth.