Restorative therapy for individuals and couples.
I provide therapy to individuals and couples in a safe, comfortable setting. Many people who give up on therapy do so because they haven’t found the right "fit" with a therapist. Choosing a therapist with whom you feel comfortable is paramount to starting the therapeutic process. I offer a free thirty-minute consultation for individuals and couples interested in starting therapy. This is an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss your therapeutic goals and how I can help you. We can decide together if my background and your goals are a good match.
I have a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My 20 years of experience in clinical social work includes providing therapy in an inpatient treatment facility, an intensive outpatient program, a medical practice, and in private practice. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, couple and family therapy.
My approach to therapy is psychodynamic. This means that I believe that all of our life experiences contribute to who we are as individuals. Gaining a new understanding of past experiences and relationships can help us in our current lives as we develop new coping skills and strategies for living. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions as part of the process depending on individual need. These include traditional talk therapy, Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Somatic Experiencing, Emotional Transformation Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy, deep relaxation and mindfulness work, radical acceptance, and clinical hypnosis. I trained for five years with Stan Tatkin, Psy D, and use his Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) in my work with couples.
On a personal level, I'm a bit of a neuroscience geek and love learning about the latest research regarding how our brains function and how that applies to the healing process. I'm also passionate about knitting and other fiber arts and take almost any opportunity to get my creative juices flowing.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Core Skills, Years 1 & 2, The Institute for ISTDP Training, Jon Frederickson, MSW, 2018-2020, (completed the first two years of a three-year training program)
Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), Levels I, II, III, IV, & V Steven Vazquez, PhD, LPC-S, 2018, 2019
Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Through the Eye of the Needle, Part I, Peter Levine, PhD, 2018
Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE), Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP, 2017
Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma, Sandra Paulsen, PhD, 2017
Somatic Experiencing, Advanced, Modules I and II, Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP, 2016
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level III, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2016
Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Depression and Healthy Aggression, Peter Levine, PhD, 2015
Penetrating Defenses and Surmounting Shame, Jon Frederickson, LICSW, and Susan Warshow, LCSW, 2015
Somatic Experiencing, Intermediate, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, MS, MFT, SEP, 2015
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level II, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2014
Somatic Experiencing, Beginning, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, MS, MFT, SEP, 2014
Treating Migraines with Integrated EMDR, David Marcus, PhD., 2014
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level II, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2013
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) International Association Conference, 2013
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level I, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2012
EMDR Level I, Roy Kiessling, LISW, 2007
EMDR Level II, Rick Levinson, LCSW, 2007
Consultation and Supervision
In an effort to become a more skilled therapist I participate in multiple forms of deliberate practice (DP). This includes ongoing peer consultation and receiving regular supervision from experts in particular therapeutic models. My current DP activities include:
Participation in a weekly peer supervision group for therapists.
Weekly supervision from a faculty member in the ISTDP Institute.
Monthly group consultation with Stan Tatkin.
Assisting in Somatic Experiencing training.
Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1998