I chose to specialize in couples counseling because, after some years of practice, I saw that no matter how healthy a person got through individual therapy or how much self-care and self-validation they could do, they were still not enjoying life to the fullest unless their couplehood felt like a place of passion and connection. Simply put, the quality of a person's relationship is directly correlated with their joy. I wanted to be able to be optimally helpful to couples, so I studied the "masters." I took from each of the "masters" (Hendrix, Gottman, Johnson, Schnarch and others) and developed my own system of helping couples repair the connection, restore passion, and bring one another joy. It is deeply satisfying, and I continue working on getting better!
My husband studied alongside me, and together we practice the principles we have learned and enjoyed the benefits of having developed our partnership through the years. My own experience in my marriage of risk and repair helps me be directive and tenacious about helping people create the relationship they desire.