I began my journey to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist by a long career in Nursing. I started out in the area of Maternal/Infant health in Labor and Delivery (now called Birthing Centers) where I helped families welcome their new babies. I taught classes in Lamaze, parenting, infant care and breast feeding. I then decided to challenge myself and went back to school and studied Nurse Anesthesia where I graduated, becoming an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) and a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner). I practiced for 35 years beginning back in Labor and Delivery and then Pain Management before I retired. I soon realized that I needed to continue my work helping others and I returned to Friends University where I obtained my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Life is a journey in which change is the only constant. My job is to honor the journey that you are on and provide avenues for healing and hope for you and your family. I see those individuals that are are experiencing anxiety, chronic pain, depression, domestic abuse, grief with the loss of a loved one, infertility, peer relationships, postpartum depression, issues with self-esteem, and sexual abuse to name a few issues I can help you with.
Utilizing over 30 years of research, I integrate Gottman's "Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work" into my sessions with couples. I believe that by working with couples, healing and relational satisfaction can take place; and change in relationships can occur. I focus on emotion, skill-building for managing conflict, developing new skills for enhancing friendship, awareness and understanding of each other's needs and embracing them, and then helping the couple to create a system of shared meaning together.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I look at the whole family system. When an individual comes into therapy, it many times leads to addressing the whole family system. They might need help understanding their family member or maybe something they are doing is contributing to the issue. As a family unit we can work together to solve what's causing the relationship issues your family has. Whether your family is dealing with divorce, custody issues, co-parenting, or blended families, I have the professional and personal experience to help you navigate the waters of being a family.