- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- MSW, Master of Social Work, Humboldt State University
- BA, Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University
I began my career by starting graduate school in the field I love—Social Work, which I describe as, helping people move through barriers that impede their path to wholeness. I have since worked in county agencies, hospital settings, crisis counseling, and private practice. The path on my own life’s journey has led me to this work, where I feel inspired and excited by the healing power of relationships to transform past wounds and unhelpful life patterns, and to create safety, connection, and creativity in our lives and within our relationships.
I work with couples utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and with individuals utilizing Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). EFT has been demonstrated to be highly effective in helping couples change unhelpful patterns, repair trust, and create a more secure bond.
EFT is based on the premise that what humans crave most is love and security. It would make sense that when we feel our love connection is threatened (often triggered by issues related to money, sex, parenting, in-laws, etc) we might either pursue our partner, desperately trying to “fix” the relationship, or defend ourselves by withdrawing and turning away. In fact, it is common that one person will fight openly about the relationship and the other will attempt to avoid conflict altogether and withdraw. This becomes a painful negative cycle that keeps repeating itself.
Are you there for me? Do I matter to you? Will you be there when I reach for you? These deeper questions are at the core of relationships. With compassion and a clear framework, we can begin to look at the negative cycle that has a hold on the relationship and begin to create a new “dance”- one that explores each partner’s needs for safety, support, security, and comfort. Couples can begin to regain trust and feel more connection in their relationship. Issues that appeared insurmountable can be navigated with more ease as a secure bond becomes the cornerstone of the relationship.
Dr. Sue Johnson, lead developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy said, “We can intentionally shape and repair our key relationships and stop paying the price for emotional isolation.”
For those who like to prepare in advance, I suggest couples read the book, “Hold Me Tight”, by Dr. Sue Johnson.
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
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