I work from an approach called Integral Psychology or Psychotherapy. This approach draws on many other approaches and theories with the goal of meeting you where you are at in your life. A component of the work will be understanding and working with the Integral approach. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the work.  Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship (the relationship that develops between counselor and client) is the most powerful force of change in clients’ lives.  The Integral Psychotherapy perspective takes into account the many different dimensions of our existence; biological/behavioral/genetics, emotions and self-perception, significant relationships, and family, impacts and effects of culture and sub-culture, personality, development of capacities, aptitudes and skills, personality type....just to name a few.  In integral psychotherapy, the state of these different dimensions of your existence is identified through the therapy experience.  The identification of these dimensions will lead to a plan addressing your specific concerns and issues that are "tailored” to your uniquity.

Approaches I draw from:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Self-Psychology
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies (MBSR, MBCT, MBRP)
  • Liberation Psychology
  • Constructivist Theories
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Buddhist Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Feminist Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Psychology of Masculinities
  • Gestalt
  • Existential-Humanistic

Couples & Relationship Therapy

I take a complex, multi-faceted approach to couples and relationship therapy.  Fundamentally, I see romantic-sexual relationships as crucibles of working out deep emotional challenges and needs.  This is often not easy work, and many assumptions, ideals and myths that create expectations must be addressed first.  I utilize an initial four session relationship evaluation approach.  The four-session approach allows for a detailed assessment and evaluation of relationship dynamics.  I follow this with two to four sessions on the fundamentals of conflict management.  After these initial six to eight sessions, a clear path usually emerges and points us to deeper work around specific themes and challenges. 

Training & Specialty:

  • Gottman Method Trained
  • Trauma in relationships
  • Addiction and recovery in relationships
  • Infidelity and repair after affairs
  • Separation/restoration
  • Conscious Relationship Approaches

Consultation Services

Many people are dealing with complex challenges that don't necessarily fit within the parameters of mental health "treatment" but can benefit from professional consultation services. I can bring my depth and breadth of experience as a seasoned professional to our consultation sessions. In addition to my work in the behavioral health field as a direct service provider, administrator and policy analyst, I also have experience as a leader and manager in corporate settings.

Consultation services are not billable to insurance companies, and not considered to be mental health treatment.

Areas of Focus

-- Stress Management & Personal Growth

-- Relationship Strain

-- Mindful Leadership and Support for Executives & Managers