Areas of Expertise:
- Motherhood : Pregnancy & Postpartum
Motherhood, Pregnancy & Postpartum: Nurturing Moms is an important aspect of my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Mothers are an intricate part of the family system, whether just recently expecting or as an empty-nester. I've found that when Mom is not well supported, the entire family system begins to fall apart. Too often, too much is expected of the modern mother without enough support, community and rest to make any of it sustainable. My work with Moms focuses on finding rhythms, peace and balance so she is more connected to herself and her spouse (if applicable) while staying present for her children. Together we will navigate the hardships and the joys and discover the deep rewards that come along with motherhood.
Anxiety: If you find yourself asking "what if" or circling around repetitive thoughts of what your circumstances "should be" or "would be", you may be struggling with anxiety. We have all pondered these questions at some point; however, if you keep getting stuck at these same points or find yourself having difficulty separating who you should be from who you are, therapy can be a safe space to explore why.
Anxiety can manifest itself in several ways. Typically, it can be through unhelpful thought patterns and/or through uncomfortable physical sensations. Using self-regulation tools and mindfulness/contemplative-based approaches, we can address the underlying issues that trigger anxiety and together work on getting to a place of self-acceptance so that you can understand what the anxiety you're experiencing is motivating you to do. As a result, your relationship with yourself and others can be filled with freedom and authenticity.
Spirituality: This is another area of great interest for me. I find great pleasure in working from a faith based approach. Clients who share a Christian faith can find greater depth in their healing by integrating their beliefs into the work. Leaving this aspect out of therapy can be disconnecting for those who believe. Therefore, it is of supreme importance to have this part of oneself actively engaged throughout treatment. Offering this component to treatment can help clients move into a present/future focus, while resolving the past, and aid in understanding and discovering their truest identity.
Trauma: Much of my work is trauma informed. I am adept in the different ways that trauma can effect an individual, whether it be somatically, creatively, or spiritually. Often trauma effects more than one aspect of the self, resulting in a disconnection. Our work is to find re-connection with yourself, community and spirituality (if you wish to work from a faith based perspective). When trauma occurs, the body tends to get locked in anxiety, fear, sadness or anger. Identifying what happens in the body (somatically) is an important aspect of trauma focused work. I have found that by noticing these nuances and understanding how the body copes and adapts to trauma can help unlock and release these painful experiences. I incorporate EMDR (when appropriate and after assessment) and mindfulness based interventions.
Why should I see a Marriage and Family Therapist?
As per aamft.org
- 'MFTs are unique because they are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems, which allows them to focus on understanding client symptoms in the context of the relational interactions that influence behavior. The problem does not define the client but rather is a symptom of his or her system.
- MFTs work with individuals, couples and families. Whoever the client, MFTs view problems from a relationship perspective.
- Family-based therapy is a powerful model for change. Research has shown that family-based interventions such as those utilized by MFTs are as effective as– and in many cases more effective than– alternative therapies, often at a lower cost.
- MFTs work with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression, relationship problems, anxiety, affective (mood) disorders, substance abuse, and more. Find out more about specific clinical issues by reviewing AAMFT’s Therapy Topics online.
- MFTs apply a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
- MFTs practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Over 65% of cases are completed within 20 sessions and over 87% by 50 sessions.'-AAMFT.org