I have experienced motherhood in a many forms; single parent, working mom, learning to co-parent, and blending families. Each phase and stage of motherhood presented to me a unique challenge which forced me to rethink my role as mom. I understand that feeling of guilt that comes with being a mother. I understand that feeling of never being enough and never feeling that you are doing "it" right. I have felt those feelings of frustration, guilt, anxiety, sadness. I have felt the isolation and loneliness that often comes with being a new mom. You may be experiencing some of these feelings too. I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be this way.
A little about my experience...
- I have been working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for the past eight years.
- My work within hospitals, schools, and counseling clinics provided me with extensive experience in helping couples and families. In each setting that I worked and no matter the reason that brought the person to therapy, I found that most, if not all issues could be traced back to relationship satisfaction.
- When working with couples I frequently draw upon John Gottman's work. The Gottman Method aims to help couples increase respect through establishing an environment of appreciation, resolve conflict, and to help couples gain skills to manage conflict and improve communication.
- I like facts, rules, and stuff I know works. This means that I primarily practice what is called Evidence Based Therapies. You may have heard of a few: CBT or Cognitive Behavior Therapy, DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Gottman method.
- My love of facts and rules is what led me to the Gottman method. His stuff works and he has a lot of science and data to support it. If you love facts and rules like me, check out some information on his research here.
- I have special training in Perinatal Mood Disorders and am a trained Bringing Baby Home Facilitator (John Gottman's work on how couples and relationships change after a baby). I love working with new parents as they navigate the transition from being a couple to being a family.
For those folks who like the facts:
- BA Liberal Studies - San Francisco State University
- MA Education - University of California Santa Cruz
- MA Clinical Psychology - Antioch University Santa Barbara
- Bringing Baby Home Facilitator
- Trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #84535