My understanding of feminism impacted how I approached my training and how I approach treatment in therapy. Because of this feminist lens, I view clients in the larger context of society, which takes into account how identities interact with our society at large. Putting things into context often allows for a deeper understanding, and one that is less blaming of the individual. It's like the Michael Scott quote, "If I'm this way, it's because society made me this way." While it's no excuse, it is a helpful way to begin to understand what is going on for us.
During our first session, I will be asking some questions to get to know you better and to more deeply understand what is bringing you to therapy. This may span the first two or so sessions, and we also discuss what you hope to get from therapy as well. During this process, and also at any other point, you are welcome to ask me questions. The goals of the first few sessions are to get to know each other better, understand where you are now, where you want to be, and how we can start to move in that direction!
The main themes I see in my work with relationships and sexuality is communication. Communication underlies how we connect to each other, how we understand each other, and the empathy we have for each other. If the communication is not effective then everything else is affected. From the simplest thing to the most complex, if communication isn't there, it's not going to go well.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Sexual health & dysfunction
Sexual health and dysfunction go well beyond the physical but into the cognitive, social and spiritual/religious domains of our being. Being sexually healthy entails feeling comfortable with one’s sexuality. This includes identity, orientation, performance, self-esteem, choice of partner(s), et cetera. It also includes congruence between one’s actions and personal values. Dysfunction may occur when one struggles with any aspect of sexuality and/or may entail a physical complication.
Provides couples therapy/counseling
Sexuality Based Issues
Sexuality refers to habits and preferences in terms of sexual behavior, which people express in many ways. Issues in this area may be related to confusion or distress about sexuality or sexual identity.
Premarital counseling is a specialized form of therapy that helps prepare couples for marriage. Although it is helpful for struggling couples, it may be useful for anyone looking to build a stronger foundation moving into marriage. Couples may explore considerations around healthy communication, merging families, where to live, children, occupation, finances, maintaining a sense of self, supporting one another, and the wedding itself.
Issues within a marriage. Can include issues related to trust, intimacy, communication, infidelity, parenting, or conflict. Can also include discussion related to separation or divorce.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Gottman Method
Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment- Sex Therapy and Sex Educator Certificate - In Progress
Gottman Method Couples Therapy- Level 1
KS, Psychologist, LP 2757
TX, Psychologist, 38588
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School Of Professional Psychology
I have worked in several settings including community mental health and university counseling centers. Through my experience I learned that being in private practice would allow me the most opportunities to work with the clients I'm passionate about- those who are seeking a deeper connection with their romantic partner(s). So, I set up my private practice shortly after graduation and have been loving it ever since!
Online Therapy, Austin, 78746, TX