Areas of Expertise:
- Motherhood : Pregnancy & Postpartum
- Anxiety and Perfectionism
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 and Perfectionism: When we worry we have a false sense of control. If you find yourself getting continually stuck in cycles of worry and perfectionism or find yourself circling around the same unhelpful and repetitive thoughts, you may be struggling with anxiety. We have all felt this way at some point; however, if you keep finding yourself at the same juncture; therapy can be a safe option 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 discover the root cause of your anxiety. Together we can work on getting to a place of self-compassion 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 their therapeutic journey. 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 therapy can help clients move into a present/future focus, while resolving the past, and aid in understanding and discovering their truest identity.
Couples: My work with couples is influenced by approaches from The Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). The Gottman Method offers practical interventions to improve communication and achieve intimacy and EFT looks at underlying emotions troubling the relationship. For most couples it's less of a question of "if" problems arise and more of a question of "when". My goal is to help partners navigate the issues that come up, so that their connection to themselves and partner is both strengthened and deepened. What I know for sure is that relationships are hard. However, one of my most rewarding moments as a therapist is watching couples turn towards one other in the midst of conflict instead of away and repairing their connection sooner rather than later. It's all possible!
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