Becoming a Relationship Therapist
The way people foster connection with one another has always fascinated me, especially in intimate relationships. In school, psychology was one of my favorite subjects, but I was unsure of how to incorporate my interests into a career I was excited about. After a few years of unfulfilling work in higher education, I discovered the field of marriage and family therapy and began my journey towards becoming a couple’s therapist. I was particularly drawn to the realm of sex therapy because sex is often viewed as “taboo” despite the fact that most people engage in sexual activity at some point in their lives. Just as you would let someone start driving without passing driver’s ed, I believe we should be preparing people for successful intimate relationships by providing accurate and inclusive sexual education.
My goal is to normalize the struggles that are common in most intimate relationships and help clients see that they are not alone. I am committed to providing a safe, compassionate space for clients to express vulnerability with their partner(s) and discover what they truly want out of their relationships.
My Counseling Style and Strengths
My counseling style is warm, energetic, and often infused with humor. I believe in making decisions collaboratively with clients—you are the expert in your own life, and I am here to help you meet your specific relationship goals. As humans, we all make mistakes and always have room for growth, so I do not expect my clients to be perfect. However, I will always encourage them to be brave, show up, and give therapy their all.
Professional Counseling Background
For six years, I worked as an academic counselor in higher education guiding students through their graduate programs. I have extensive experience helping college students combat mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and relational conflict. I am committed to providing nonjudgmental, affirming care to clients of all genders and sexual orientations. I am also consistently pursuing additional training in the field of sex therapy.
Professional Therapist Credentials and Training
- Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy
- Gottman Method
- Supporting Transgender/Nonconforming Students Training
- Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) Training
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma Training