Helping couples stop clashing & start connecting through a feminist, anti-racist, trauma-informed, gender & sexuality affirming lens.
Therapist in Minneapolis, MN
Supervised by Jessica Sawyer 1996 Minnesota
Specialties include: infertility, miscarriage, perinatal & postpartum depression/anxiety, attachment & past trauma impacting current parenting anxieties or difficulties, & supporting couples through the transition of becoming parents Certifications: Maternal Mental Health Certification Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator Gottman Emotion Coach for Parents of children 3-15
Specialties Include: Struggles with effective conflict and communication, racial & gender issues impacting communication & conflict, empty nesters, low self-esteem, blending family, miscarriage & infertility, parenting Certifications: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy Gottman Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader Prepare/Enrich Premarital counselor Certified Clinical Couples Coach
Anxiety is often the symptom if deeper issues of questioning one’s worth in the world. In my office, I work hard to create a safe space where you can begin to learn to take up space in the world, rather than try to hide your true, authentic self away. My specialties in this area include: Eating disorder/body image issues, past trauma, societal oppression, past and current domestic violence, feelings of worthlessness, fears of rejection, panic, social anxiety, stress, anger, existential fear
As of Feb 2018 I will be certified in EMDR to help those with past traumas and for whom traditional talk therapy is not sufficient. EMDR addresses trauma by helping the brain reprocess by using bilateral stimulation, and is a proven and effective trauma treatment.
Mondays I work with Kristen Lund in St. Paul as a DBT therapist, helping those struggling with emotional regulation. Difficulty regulating emotions often stems from past trauma and from not being taught these skills as young children. Part of your treatment can include participation in DBT group in order to learn and practice concrete skills needed to be effective in your life moving forward.
As an attachment therapist, I am well versed in the needs of babies and children and the ways these create trauma and future problems as adults. If our parents did not teach our brains how to regulate our emotions, we do not magically gain these skills later, and often experience trauma or anxiety as a result. In couples & parenting work I help couples/parents recognize and unlearn the attachment styles they learned as children showing up in their relationship to be effective partners & parents.
You are the author of your own story. I will help empower you to identify your current narratives with your partner, decide what is or isn't serving you both, and then rewrite the narratives to build the partnership of your dreams.
I will teach you and your partner skills and tools based in science so you can feel confidant in conflict and clear your communication.
I am solution focused, meaning you will not be working with me indefinitely. Together we will put together a plan outlining your goals, the number of sessions it will take, and the specific skills you need to make it happen.