I specialize in relationship counseling, both premarital and marital.
My post-masters training with The Gottman Institute has provided me with a research-based framework from which to identify the strengths and growth areas of a marriage, and additional tools by which to nurture relationships to their potential. The goal is to help individuals understand themselves and couples to understand each other, in order to create patterns of mutual safety, love, and respect. There is hope for relationships if mutual understanding can be achieved; new patterns can then be learned, and friendship can be restored. Couples can actually emerge stronger than they've ever been before.
In individual counseling, our objective is to look at the sources of thoughts and behaviors—both adaptive (working) and maladaptive (not working)—so that liberation can be experienced from bondage to ineffective patterns of thinking and behaving. EMDR (see counseling tab on this site) is a tool that might be enlisted to achieve this goal, especially where trauma is involved. Our goal is to find freedom to think and live differently toward a more satisfying future.
Christian spiritual direction can be incorporated, if desired.
Evening and Saturday morning hours available..
I offer intensive marriage retreats through Couples Therapists, Inc. (couplestherapyinc.com)
6900 W. 80th Street, Ste. 105
Overland Park, KS 66204