I work with couples with various concerns. I work with both married and unmarried couples. Some of the topics that I see often are communication, addiction in the relationship (substances, porn, spending, etc), sex and intimacy concerns (differing desires and libido, etc), future planning (financial, parenthood, etc). I work to bring in the things that do work within the couple to use as strengths to help cope during more challenging times. I often provide "homework" to couples to enhance the therapeutic gains.
I have had the privilege of collaborating with persons who presented wanting support with the following:
concerns around sex and sexuality (LGBTQIA flox welcomed), substance use/addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin, support with work/life balance, medical professionals with vicarious trauma & burn out, body image and body positivity (HAES® Aligned) , isolation and loneliness, support with healthy attachment, among other concerns. I am trained in EMDR and use with clients when appropriate. I strive to meet clients where they are at and take their individual goals and desires for therapy into account in all of our sessions.
Therapy For Sexual Wellness
I have been trained to work with presenting concerns around sexual dysfunctions and wellness. I believe that pleasure is a human right, but all too often we are not taught how to access this. Sometimes, internalized messages around sex in our culture can make people feel that they are "dysfunctional", which can worsen sexual symptoms. I work with clients around topics such as low desire, pain during sex, erectile dysfunction, sexual trauma impacting current relationships, understanding and expressing needs, sexual fantasies, understanding sexual identities, and more.
I work with folks struggling with a dependence on a substance or thing (porn, spending, food, etc). I balance the reality that substance use disorders are a disease with the idea that there is a psychological component. One way we may approach the psychological component is by trying to uncover what the substance is a coping mechanism for. My goal is to support clients in identifying what the unmet need or needs may be, to establish a life where the addiction of choice is not longer as powerful.