Psychotherapy Services

Areas of Expertise

DBT Therapy and Intensive DBT Skills Training - I offer Intensive Individual DBT therapy and individual DBT skills training which can be an alternative to DBT Groups for indivdiuals working with me or with a recommendation from an individual DBT Therapist (click: DBT Therapy and Mindfulness for more information).

DBT Couples Therapy and Relationship Counseling - I offer DBT therapy for couples as well as traditional couples therapy. In my couples work, I support you in learning how to work through a broad range of crisis and intimacy issues including: emotional dysregulation; agression and withdrawal patterns, attachment and control issues, and communication "language" differences. My style is strength-based, collaborative and direct.

Family DBT Therapy and Family DBT Skills Training - I utilize DBT within a family systems approach to teach DBT skills as well as improve structural dynamics and balance of power, reduce chaos, hopelessness and hurt and increase mindfulness, trust, respect, fairness, and appreciation for each member's experience and role within the family community.

Child, Adolescent and Adult DBT Therapy and Expressive Arts -   I love integrating expressive art into CBT and DBT therapy as an effective "language" for deepening awareness, insight and integration. Art is gentle and yet powerful at enhancing and increasing one's understanding and ability to experience and express truth and inner significance.

DBT Parenting Skills and Positive Parenting Strategies - I have years of experience coaching and supporting parents on how to become more satisfied, confident, compassionate and effective parents with DBT and positive parenting techniques and strategies.

Methods and Approaches 

Depending on the needs of my client, I draw from a variety of therapeutic and clinical approaches in which I am intensively trained, including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Expressive Art & Play Therapy and Family Systems.

Treatment Philosophy

It is my goal to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to become more accepting and aware of their unique strengths as well as limitations, and to assist my clients in taking greater pride and ownership of the power and responsibility they possess to accept, direct and alter the course of their own thoughts, feelings and actions in life. Acceptance and Change.

Associations and Memberships 

DBT Center of Marin Clinical DBT Team, California and American Association for Marriage, Family Therapy (CAMFT/AAMFT), National and Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (N/WMHCA), Network Therapy, American Association for Play Therapy (AAPT), C.G. Jung Society, Children's Hospital Regional Medical Center Community DBT Team (CHRMC), Psychotherapy Consult Team, DrawBridge, and Art With Heart.

For more information, please email: expressivehearts@gmail.com