I care about marriage, and I care about the couple in the marriage. I know that people marry each other expecting and wanting it to last forever, and I want to help them do that. I take a stand for healthy marriages!
Many times couples come for therapy when their hope for a happier marriage is almost gone. It is a joy to me to be there when their hope emerges again. I love to see them learn new skills in their communication with each other. I enjoy their reports of the good things that are happening in their relationship at home. It is wonderful when couples trust each other enough to share a deep and tender hurt with each other, and connect on a profound emotional level, and understand what the other is yearning for, maybe for the first time in a very long time. When couples show me and tell me that they are ready to create a new and awesome story of connection and sharing and love as they go forward together, I celebrate with them!
I work with a lot of stepfamilies, to work through the challenges of putting disparate families together. I help them address the parenting needs of all ages of children. We consider their individual and couples hopes and goals, and how to develop a shared vision.
I welcome young couples, couples with children of any age, and older couples, even elderly couples, who want their marriages to be better and more satisfying.
I appreciate and understand the challenges of couples who have different faith traditions, and helping them keep peace with each other.
Couples who live with the challenge of pornography in their marriage have an understanding and helpful therapist in me.
When uncontrolled anger, or domestic violence, are part of the marriage, changes are necessary. These ways of handling differences of opinion and conflict don't work when you want to create a good marriage. Changes are essential. I help people make those deep and lasting changes.
Call or email. Provide contact information. Be prepared to tell me what are your specific challenges. Receive paperwork by email, print, and return it. Be committed to the process of counseling. Do the homework. Have the conversations with each other between therapy sessions.