Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
After many years as a science teacher, I found I enjoyed interacting with people on a deeper level. Some of my best days in the classroom happened when I was able to help my students through difficult situations or encourage them to reach their full potential. With 20 years of teaching experience, it was with a lot of thought and soul-searching that I decided to go back to grad school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
As a child I experienced my own parents’ divorce and subsequent remarriages. I have lived in blended families and have had children of my own. I have always had compassion for people and empathy for the heartache and struggles that can accompany relationships. Like most of us, I have experienced the pain of rejection and loss, as well as the joy of love and belonging.
Strong relationships require respect, honesty, and effort. We cannot expect our relationships to work all by themselves. Instead, we need to be active, loving participants, willing to adapt and change as life brings about new circumstances. Sometimes this requires forgiveness, sometimes it requires acceptance, and sometimes it requires knowing when to walk away from a hurtful situation.
Often the hardest thing to do is to love and forgive ourselves, and to recognize our own unique value. I don’t believe we are here because of some random series of chemical reactions. Instead, I believe we are each here for a special purpose with a gift to share with the world. Each one of us has unique strengths and inner resources that can be tapped to help navigate difficult times. Psychotherapy can be an effective tool to help uncover and build upon your unique set of strengths, and it can provide you with new skills and insight to help ease life’s journey.
Are you ready to get started? Contact me! I would love to accompany you along the way.
I have personally experienced the benefits of therapy, and I know its value and potential to improve relationships and increase joy. Throughout all of the changes in my life, I have learned that inner strength and resiliency are positive traits that can be nurtured and enhanced. We can choose to continue to learn how to improve our friendships and family relationships, as well as learn how to increase our joy– even in the midst of challenge. Contact me. I would love to work with you.