About My Clients
I see a diverse group of people from varied racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds, LGBTQ +, Kink and CNM communities. I work with folks who struggle with trauma histories and family of origin issues. I also work with sexual and relational concerns. While the presenting issues may be similar, every individual and relationship experiences and processes their struggles in unique ways. Therapy is always tailored to the specific needs of the people I work with.
My Background and Approach
I graduated from Boston University with an MSW in 1995. I began working and post graduate training in couples and family therapy shortly thereafter. Prior to entering private practice I provided services community mental health settings with individuals, families, and couples. I opened my own practice in 2003. Clinically, I am a fearless, compassionate, and engaged therapist committed to working collaboratively with my clients. I attained AASECT certification as a sex therapist in 2010 and then completed training as a supervisor of sex therapy in 2015. I've trained in several models of couples therapy including The Developmental Model, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Level I & II, as well as Discernment Counseling. I've specialized in working with couples and sex therapy as I have found that these combined forms of therapy are effective, beneficial, and support lasting change in peoples lives.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
People enter therapy hoping to change self-defeating and unhelpful behaviors. They want to heal. However, most do not realize that therapy is not just hope; it's hard work. Like any life enhancing process, therapy requires an investment of time, resources, working with tough emotions, and personal accountability. Therapy generally involves exploring how you currently move through the world, addressing old wounds, finding the courage, and self-compassion, to look at how you have contributed to your struggles and learning to do better. Our struggles often live in the beliefs and behaviors we learned from the cultures and families we were raised in. Yes, we are still responsible for our own actions and behaviors. Our work is to heal old wounds, alter damaging actions, and construct a future that offers greater opportunity to live in the life and relationships that bring joy.