And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

― Anaïs Nin





At times in our lives we encounter obstacles that challenge our usual way of managing things. It may come in the form of a crisis such as a loss, relationship or career problem, or crushing pressure from overwhelming demands.  It may be something inside of you such as depression, anxiety, unexpressed anger or low self-esteem.  It may be pain from an old wound resurfacing.

At these times you may feel overwhelmed and lost or simply ready for growth and change.  In either case, unwelcome challenges may be the very things that motivate and empower you to find the courage to blossom.

More About My Work

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

I have many years of experience helping clients grow beyond their limitations to new ways of being they may never have imagined. I feel privileged to work closely with people as they heal wounds and rework negative patterns.   Therapy will not make you a new person but it will allow you to become more of the person you already are.

At the heart of my work is an ability to recognize and deeply value people’s strengths and vulnerabilities. In a safe space where you are deeply valued and respected, you will see yourself through new eyes and explore who you are and what you can and cannot do, with curiosity instead of judgment.  Using tools from therapeutic traditions spanning Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral and Imago Relationship therapy, we will build on your strengths and foster new growth in areas where it is needed.  Through this process you will gain confidence that you can meet the challenges ahead of you with skill and grace, knowing you will come out more whole on the other side.

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As an individual therapist with decades of experience, I help clients resolve a wide range of situational and psychological problems using a solution-oriented approach integrating complementary therapeutic techniques.

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As a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, I help couples build and rebuild supportive loving relationships. Safe communication is at the heart of Imago Relationship Therapy.  You will learn to express your feelings and needs in a way that can be heard and understood.

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A compassionate skills-based approach to parent support. Through Calm Parenting, I help parents increase their capacity to manage stress, and make wise decisions, decrease reactivity, access internal strengths, and develop a better capacity to attain and maintain calm.

To arrange a 15-minute free phone consultation,
please contact me by phone or email.

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