Psychotherapy is a sacred trust. As a marriage and family therapist I’ve had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, and families, for almost 30 years. Each year has made me increasingly aware of the impact of multiple systems on individual, marital and family development, and of the healing power of the therapist/client relationship. I strive to maintain a holistic vision that takes into account the psychological, physical, social, and spiritual influences impacting the lives of my clients.
I work primarily with adults, seeing children in the context of family therapy or as an evaluative consultation. I also work with later-aged adolescents in individual therapy. Clients present me with a wide range of problems relating to dissatisfaction with present relationships, unsettling life changes, symptoms of anxiety or depression, addictions, grief, PTSD, and unexpected crises. I draw from the various theoretical orientations and strategies in which I have been trained, such as experiential, systemic, intergenerational, structural, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR.
In response to the growing societal problems of cybersex addiction and sexual compulsivity, I’ve received specialized training in working with sex addicts, their partners and children, through IITAP’s Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist training program developed by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. As an outgrowth of this training, and because of the need for this population to be served in Coastal Georgia, I conduct monthly psycho-educational groups in St. Simons Island for spouses of sex addicts and for adults struggling with sexual compulsivity. More information about these groups may be found at website: www.coastalgeorgiasexualrecovery.com
As a Certified Gottman Educator, I've offered Bringing Baby Home workshops developed by John Gottman, Ph.D. for couples experiencing the transition to parenting. These research- based/research –tested workshops teach couples both the skills they need in order to enhance the friendship quality of their relationships while adjusting to being parents, and basic facts about how to meet the psychological needs of their infants.
As an author, my intentions have been to raise awareness about issues relevant to child abuse prevention and healing, the effects of PTSD on marriage and family life, and current cultural issues related to child development. My memoirs When the Piano Stops and Never Tell are about my own experiences as an incest survivor and patient in therapy during a period of my life when, while my husband and I were rearing our children, I was struggling with resultant PTSD. I’ve also been a regular blogger for Psychology Today Magazine, since 2010, writing about varied topics related to overcoming child abuse. These, as well as articles I’ve written for other venues are listed in the author section of this website.
I am also a member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau. RAINN stands for the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. More details and access to any needed help are available at their website.