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LOCATION: 
254 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
CONTACT: 
(415) 494-7074
e-mail

Offers Sliding Scale Therapy

Maybe you're seeking couples therapy because you’re finding yourselves in a cycle of disagreement that feels impossible to get out of. Maybe you’re arguing a lot. And maybe when you argue it feels like you speak different languages. Or maybe there’s been a breach of trust and you’ve just not been able to work through it on your own. 

Life transitions can also bring couples to therapy: career changes, shifts in financial circumstances, moves, childrearing, difficult in-law relationships, losses, births and deaths—any of these may be challenging your relationship right now. The good news is that such challenges often indicate you’re on the edge of some new stage in your relationship, one that will ultimately land you in a place of greater depth and improved intimacy.

My work with couples is informed by three main approaches:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a highly successful, research-based therapeutic model that strengthens relationships by improving connection and understanding. EFT (1) focuses on how we relate in intimate partnership and (2) helps build new ways of seeing and relating to one another.
  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC) skills to help you learn to “fight fairly” and minimize conflict.
  • Mindfulness, Compassion and Forgiveness practices to help you see yourself, your partner, and your relationship more clearly and compassionately.

I also offer support, practical interventions and resources for conflicts or tensions showing up anywhere within your family system. I specialize with:

  • Divorced or divorcing parents who want to develop healthy co-parenting “rules of the road.” 
  • Families where attention-challenges (ADHD/ADD) are showing up for children and/or parents.

 

Education, Certification and Training

  • 2017 Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #101575
  • 2017 Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship & Core Skills
  • 2017 Narrative Therapy, Level 1 Certification
  • 2017 EFT Forgiveness Training
  • 2016-2017 Practicum with Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center
  • 2017 MA, Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute for Integral Studies
  • 2015 Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Immersion Course
  • 2014 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum, El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos
  • 2014 Karuna Training in Contemplative Psychology, Shambhala of San Francisco