Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
I view therapy as an active collaboration. I work to provide a safe and intelligent place where clients may explore their lives and relationships, work through old patterns and current areas of discontent, and identify and utilize strengths--and strategies--for personal growth and creating more optimistic and fulfilling lives. My experience in doing clinical research on trauma and relationships informs my work; I believe we possess inherent strengths that, when recognized and utilized, can help us create lives we want to live.
I believe all therapy--including individual and couples counseling--is family therapy. Early experiences, both positive and negative, can inform our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and relationships in the present. While I assist clients with current concerns, I believe working to understand motivations and patterns rooted in the past can help us explore the possibility of change, and to have what we want and need now.
My private practice is informed by doing research in PTSD and working with post-deployed combat veterans, especially in the fields of workplace, combat, and sexual trauma. Trained in EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT, Imago Relationships Therapy, Discernment Counseling, and other modalities, my approach is client-focused and goal-oriented. I work with individuals and couples, and with families on building connections and issues surrounding estrangement of family members.
In addition to practicing psychotherapy, I am the author of 30 books and write about relationships, families, parenting, trauma, and other subjects for websites, newspapers, magazines, books and other media. A contributor to academic publications on treating trauma and relationships, I currently serve as a consultant on parenting and families to First 5 LA and other organizations. I am licensed to practice in New York, California and Massachusetts.