Couples enter counseling for many reasons. My work tends to focus on a few specific areas.
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT): GMCT begins with a thorough assessment period followed by goal-oriented interventions and exercises designed to help couples break through gridlock and achieve intimacy. My goal is to help you achieve a deeper connection and to ensure that your relationship does not become “therapy-dependent”.
- Transition to “Next” Therapy: There are a few obvious “nexts” in a relationship (i.e. Marriage/Parenthood/Empty Nest) but most next are unknown. All you know is that you want to get from here to there because here feels gross and there can be better. When couples recognize and choose to be proactive about their transitions, they can avoid a lot of pain down the road. I work to help couples accept, adapt to, and become accountable to both the before and after of their next reality. NOTE: Couples specifically interested in “pre-marital” therapy may consider How To Say I Do, an online course focusing on Gottman Method principles and practices for pre-marrieds and newlyweds.
- Brink Therapy: I consider it a privilege working with couples who are coming to therapy as a last resort. It usually means that the current version of the relationship has run its course and it’s time for a major overhaul. When couples are committed to this work, it can be extremely rewarding – though not without its challenges. I look forward to helping you define and pursue the new relationship you desire and deserve.
- Intensives/Marathons: I have found that the Intensive (or Marathon) Sessions are a great way to begin couples therapy and/or to amplify and accelerate current work. It’s also effective for partners in crisis who don’t have time for ongoing therapy. Couples Intensives are a focused, condensed form of counseling that occurs over a period of 2-3 consecutive days, usually a (Fri evening – Sun afternoon), primarily using the Gottman Method as well as other modalities. Couples Weekend Intensives allow couples to dive deeply into their issues without the frustration of the “start and stop” feeling of weekly sessions. In general you will meet for 5-6 hours each day with breaks built in for lunch, reflection, and individualized activities.
A few additional options:
- Customized Coaching Packages: A customized short-term engagement can work best for couples who desire maximum flexibility or who can’t (or don’t want to) commit to a typical therapy process. It can also be a great option for couples who want to tackle a specific problem. Areas of focus then to include, understanding conflict, communicating clearly, establishing clear values and priorities, and enhancing intimacy. Packages include a specific number of hours over a specific time frame and include a combination of couple and individual meetings, personalized feedback on homework, and exclusive communication access.
- ASAPs: If you are a new couple who needs or wants to get in front of a therapist as soon as possible, I will do my best to accommodate you within 48 hours. (ASAPs are 80 minute sessions billed at a premium rate.)
- Individual Therapy: While my practice is primarily focused on couples therapy, I have limited availability for individual sessions. I may be especially helpful when the “presenting problem” is directly connected to your relationship.
- Supervision: I offer clinical supervision to therapists looking to deepen, grow, and/or scale their private practice work with couples. Supervision is most effective in a group setting.
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10740 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133