With a focus on couples and families, it is hard to not have personal experiences influence my work. I live what I practice. That is, as I stay up to date on the best most effective practices within the field, I too implement them within my own relationships with my husband and family. Sometimes we too have to practice what we preach.
I believe it is up to you to identify what you would like to accomplish when it comes to therapy. When choosing to seek therapy, there is a goal in mind, even if it is - I just want to feel better than I do right now. I strive to break that goal down into smaller, more clearly defined areas, so you can see yourself making progress. It may not feel like a lot at first, but when we step back and look at the big picture and how far you have come, you will be amazed.
Autism spectrum disorder
Divorce & separation
Young Adults (18-24)
Family Systems Therapy
The Gottman Method
The Gottman Method, Level I
Qualified Supervisor, MFT & MHC
FL, LMFT, MT3480
Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education, University of New Mexico
Master of Science in Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Miami
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Southern Methodist University
My education and history working in the mental health community is extensive. I received my masters degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Miami and continued on to my doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Mexico. I am licensed in Florida as a marriage and family therapist. My experience ranges from experience in outpatient addiction centers running groups with adolescents and adults to working for community counseling organizations placed in schools or supporting families through their involvement with the Department of Children and Families. I support families through all struggles of life. Currently my practice focuses on supporting individuals, couples, and families as they navigate the relational element of life - whether it be the relationship you have with yourself, your partner, or family. My specialties are two fold: couples counseling and parenting. When it comes to my work with couples, I am trained in The Gottman Method, the most effective form of couples counseling to date. When a couple is ready to do the work, the outcomes are rewarding both personally and within the relationship. When it comes to working with parents, I support those navigating stress related to school based behaviors and struggles. Often, parents are unsure of how to navigate the school setting, especially when their child struggles with a learning disability, ADHD, or ASD. My research focuses on supporting children and families through such transitions so children can achieve academically and thrive socially. In addition to practicing, I am also an Associate Professor. Through my work as a professor, I stay up to date on best practices in the counseling field and implement evidence based practices into my work. Therapy is not meant to last forever, and I am here to help you reach your goals in an effective and efficient manner.
4837 Swift Rd, Sarasota, 34231, FL