I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Arizona. I received my Master’s of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Therapy at Arizona State University.
I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults, individuals, families, and couples. As a marriage and family therapist I believe it is important to involve and consider the whole family system when treating an individual.
I have been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and use this framework to help my clients gain skills to be able to increase distress tolerance (tolerate stress in a healthy way) and to increase emotional regulation (learn how to identify and respond to emotions in a productive way).
I trained under Dr. Mark Bird, an expert in the field of sex addiction, and learned how to assess for and treat sex/love addiction. I also learned how to treat the partners of those struggling with sex/love addiction. When working with those struggling with sex/love addiction I view it as a result of a connective disorder. Those who are struggling lack adequate and meaningful connections which leads to addictive behaviors. I help those I am working with to understand the addiction cycle and to build healthy meaningful relationships.
I have also come to learn most if not all of the clients I see have a history of trauma. It is crucial to have a knowledge of how to recognize and treat trauma directly. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of the most empirically supported modalities to treat trauma. I have been EMDR trained and can use this method to process and resolve trauma.
I am pursuing my independent licensure through the AZBBHE and currently working under supervision of Charise Schwertfeger, LMFT. I provide free 15 minute phone consultations available. I look forward to speaking with you!
Gilbert: 2200 E Williams Field Rd. Suite 200 Gilbert, AZ 85295 Scottsdale: 14362 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Suite 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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