"My therapeutic approach is positive and strength-based. I support my clients to draw on their inner resources and build on their strengths to help them move forward to where they want to be."
What it’s like to work with me?
I don’t see myself as the expert on what will or won’t work for my clients – instead I prefer that we work as a team. I am there to help my clients find their own answers and a way forward that works for them.
Having said that, I’m organized and focused. I want my clients to feel that they are getting value for the investment they are putting into therapy. I like a plan, but I am totally respectful of my clients' pace and needs.
I give direction and I like to offer different perspectives, tools and strategies. Sometimes I will give my clients homework (with their agreement) as a lot of the work, in effective therapy, happens in between sessions.
I’m honest, but I’m gentle too. I am a straight talker, but I’ll say it in a kind way. I’ve been told that I radiate a feeling that I care and that I am attentive and really listen.
I’m reliable and consistent. I respect the effort my clients put in to coming to therapy, so if you have an appointment with me, I will be prepared and ready.
I’m also adaptable and good at seeing things from different angles. A good way to think about it is that I hold the ‘frame’ for my clients, but within that, there is a lot of flexibility.
I do like to laugh – I like to create a space for joy. My humor is sometimes self-deprecating (I am British after all), but my jokes are never mean or at other peoples’ expense.
Although I draw from different approaches, I most frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems and EMDR for individual clients and The Gottman Method for couples.
What I believe about therapy.
I believe that sometimes, we can think ourselves into a corner and end up feeling like we don’t have many choices. I believe that by becoming aware of our thinking patterns, we can see where our thinking isn’t helping us. We can then change our thoughts into more productive thinking patterns that can help us feel better and behave in more helpful ways.
I believe that gaining insight is helpful, but I also think that being creative and having new tools, strategies and trying new things can be really transformative.
My education and experience.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I have a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Sussex in the UK and an M.Ed & Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Florida. After graduate school, I worked for the leading national charity for single parent families in England and Wales for ten years, where I worked with young people and single parents in some of London’s most deprived areas. I am also qualified as both a life coach and mediator. Since moving to California in 2013, I did two private practice internships in Alameda to gain the 3,000 hours I needed to gain licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist and I'm now enjoying working in my own private practice.
I have a strong background in working with adults, couples, children and adolescents and I have a deep understanding of issues involved in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationship problems, anger management and other issues.
I'm a trained EMDR therapist, I have a Level 2 training in the Gottman Method Couples therapy and I regularly attend continuing education training to build on my knowledge and expertise.
If you have any questions or you would like to arrange a free 20-30 minute telephone consultation, please fill out the form on the contact me page and I'll get in touch as soon as possible.