“The very center of your heart is where life begins, the most beautiful place on earth.”
“Start from the heart, the rest will follow.”
- Deborah Rutt
“If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.”
- Brené Brown
I have had a general private psychotherapy practice for more than 25 years, providing brief and in-depth psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Therapy is designed collaboratively with the client to bring about the desired change as efficiently as possible, selecting from an array of approaches with practical strategies to address a wide variety of problems or concerns. In general I adopt an empowering, compassionate and nonjudgmental approach to change, focused on client strengths to better meet life challenges. Is joyful heart-based life possible? Yes!
Common Presenting Issues
Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques
I develop a plan for therapy collaboratively with each client, drawing from an array of therapeutic models and techniques, from both Western or traditional approaches as well as Eastern approaches and techniques. I also incorporate The Daring Way™ strategies for transformation focused developing courage, compassion and connection -- all to strengthen one's sense of belonging and life satisfaction. Some techniques below reflect new research in brain science with informs us that "rewiring the brain" is not only possible, but can be key to change. Some psychologists talk about the need to "think from our hearts", while others refer to the importance of developing a "compassionate brain". (See references on the 'LINKS' tab.) The connection between mind, body, emotions and spirit is found in ancient wisdom and beliefs and fortunately it is being recognized or re-cognized today.
Areas of Specialization:
Anxiety and Depression
There so many effective tools today to help reduce and/or alleviate these common problems.
It is appropriate to be optimistic about change.
Relationship Therapy & Coaching
I have developed a broad range of strategies and techniques including a doctorate in relational communication
to help couples address almost any challenge. (See separate TAB for more information.)
PTSD and Stress-Related Issues
Trauma and chronic stress are often more common that people realize but difficult to
reslove without the right help. EMDR is great tool
Communication Consultation / Coaching
Communication has been my career passion, for all kinds of relationships in many arenas --
intimate relationships, friendships, organizational communication in the workplace and in litigation.
I'm an advocate for Nonviolent Communication in working with conflict resolution.
I am ThetaHealing® provider and teacher. This technique can foster life change by
clearing beliefs negatively impacting one's life. Please contact me for more information.