Our primary relationship with another person is the most challenging relationship we enter into. Our growth as individuals comes through our experiences in relationships. Couples have a particularly challenging task before them: Learning to live with one another in a way that is safe, supportive and satisfying, while also maintaining curiosity and compassion. I help partners learn how to assertively pursue individual visions for themselves while building a structure of empathy and the ability regulate each other within the relationship. This process creates a space where the necessary compromises and adjustments can occur that support real growth and a deeper, more satisfying connection.
Couples therapy is an area of specialty for me. When I work with couples I am treating the relationship. I have extensive couples therapy training (6+ years) with Stan Tatkin, the founder of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT). Prior to PACT, I trained (3 years) in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). In addition to these techniques, I draw on a theoretical foundation in early object relations theory, attachment theory, and relational and interpersonal psychoanalytic theories.
Parent Infant Psychotherapy
The process of starting a family can be exciting and overwhelming. I hold a Certification in Parent Infant Psychotherapy from the NW Center for Object Relations and specialize in working with new and expecting parents, particularly pre-natal and post-partum moms, and babies, on adjusting to parenthood and building healthy attachment.
My sessions with couples are 75-90 minutes.