- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- M.S. Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, Capella University
- B.A. Psychology, Thomas Edison State College
I feel as if my entire life has undoubtedly guided me to this work. I have had numerous ups and downs that have provided invaluable life lessons that have given me a greater understanding of how precious human life and our relationships truly are. Among these lessons, I have experienced growing up in a Navy family, joining active duty Navy myself, spouse of active duty, divorce, single mom, and joining civilian life as a veteran. As well in my career, I have experience as a counselor for residential at risk youth, inpatient/outpatient medical hospital setting, hospice, equine facilitated psychotherapy, community mental health, and now private practice. I have dedicated my life to enriching others’ experiences the most effective way I know how, through our relationships with the most important people in our lives.
Ultimately, I have found my passion integrating my systems thinking to help couples build long term bonds in their relationship. Backed by decades of extensive research, the two main evidenced based treatment methods I utilize are the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. John Gottman is the author of Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, The Relationship Cure, and What Makes Love Last. The Gottman Method focuses on the Sound Relationship House, which includes 9 key dimensions that foster strength towards an overall healthy relationship. Research has shown that this method helps couples increase respect, affection, and closeness; break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck; generate greater understanding between partners, and keep conflict discussions calm. Dr. Sue Johnson is the author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense. Emotionally Focused Therapy helps couples to create healthy and secure attachment bonds with a new understanding of romantic love. This method empowers couples to take control over their dances of disconnection and conflict in order to move towards an open, close embrace of a secure loving bond. The goal is to help learn how to reconnect and learn how to best deal with needs and support with one another. I look forward to helping relationships within our beautiful and unique Prescott community.
I am available for evening appointments two days a week. I offer weekend appointment as needed. Length of sessions available are 50 minutes, 80 minutes and extended sessions are open on a case by case basis (i.e. dedicated day or possibly two, usually over a weekend).
If you are worried about your relationship with your partner, please don’t wait. Call us at 928-273-0027 to schedule an appointment in Prescott today.
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