San Francisco
(415) 494-7074

As your therapist, I see myself as a facilitator for your process of self-awareness.  I offer a supportive and safe setting in which we face your challenges together and where you can be fully honest with yourself.  Within this unique relationship based on trust and acceptance, we are able to explore and understand your patterns in relationships and behaviors.

I see couples therapy as a neutral and supportive environment to safely explore difficulties in your relationship and to focus on developing a better understanding of each partner’s desires, feelings, and behaviors in order to identify opportunities for change.  We might also work to facilitate more effective communication, understand the underlying needs of each partner and identify the roots of conflict. Benefits of couples counseling might include learning how to forgive and reconnect, work together as a team to nurture your relationship, and support each other as individuals.

I invite you to bring your full, honest selves into couples therapy. You may seek to address challenges with communication, conflict, infidelity, anger, power dynamics and sex. We might also focus on improving emotional and sexual intimacy or to address differences before they become problematic and negatively impact the relationship. Some couples seek treatment during the process of separation and divorce to get help with letting go, shifting to a different kind of relationship or learning to be collaborative co-parents.

I work with you at your own pace and I draw upon a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to best meet your needs and foster growth.  I am strongly influenced by Psychodynamics, Gestalt, Existential, and Relational approaches, and my work with couples is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),  Collaborative Couple Therapy,  and Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) . I may also draw upon mindfulness and yoga practices for a holistic approach, in which we address emotions, thoughts, and the body.