Emotionally focused therapy helps couples to identify repetitive cycles that erode the emotional bond that partners experience with one another. We are wired for bonding and when there is a rupture in our primary connection with our partner it triggers distress that can cause us to shift into survival mode. In therapy we can learn to trace this distress to our unmet longing to reconnect with ourselves and our partner and to regain trust in the bond we share so that we are able to retore the ground of safety and love with each other.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I spent 4 years in South East Asia practicing mindfulness meditation. After returning to the US I taught mindfulness extensively in healthcare, and retreat settings. I founded a nonprofit teaching a mindfulness-based program to incarcerated youth, while working as a hospice nurse. This work emerged out of a lifelong love of mindfulness practice and an impulse to serve others.
My psychotherapy training includes Depth psychology and spiritual inquiry that informs my work with couples and individuals. As a therapist I have a deep trust in the process of shared discovery and the many ways that it can uncover clarity of heart that can be transformative for your relationship. My focus is to provide a safe holding environment that welcomes and meets you and your partner where you are in your relationship with one another.
BSN University of San Francisco
MA Sonoma State Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Founder Youth Horizons a mindfulness program for incarcerated youth Instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Diamond Heart Seminary