I am an Austin based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I was born and raised right here in the ATX and I completed my Masters in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, in Austin, Texas.
I specialize in relationship and sex therapy. I am an open-minded person and enjoy working with both couples in traditional monogamous relationships, marriages, and nontraditional polyamorous relationships. I am LGBTQ friendly and completed my original internship at Respark Austin, a couples and sex therapy practice.
I believe that our relationships truly define each of us and form the foundation for our lives. As the famous Belgian psychotherapist and relationship expert, Esther Perel, says “the quality of your relationships determines the quality of our lives!”
My Approach and Who I Can Help
I work from a systemic perspective with couples, individuals, and families on ways to create relationships that define not only who we are, but also who we want to become. I enjoy helping clients with their relationships, intimacy, connection, communication, and sexual compatibility.
Other issues that I enjoy helping clients work through include
- Identity and relationship conflicts stemming from personal and/or cultural differences,
- A loss or decrease of intimacy,
- Sexual incompatibilities,
- Medical difficulties and disability,
- Chronic pain,
- Sexual complications,
- Religious issues regarding sexuality and identity,
- Other gender and identity issues.
I also work with couples going through major life transitions, whether it be a new marriage, a recent divorce, the death of a parent, the birth of a new baby, or becoming empty nesters. I have also worked with many individuals recovering from narcissistic abuse or previous relationships involving someone with a personality disorder.
I work using an attachment lens to help my clients heal from previous attachment injuries in order to create better and stronger relationships. I also pull from theorists such as Gottman, Hendrix, Nagoski, in my couples work, as well as White (Narrative Therapy).
In addition to holding a Master’s in Counseling from St. Edwards University, I also have a PhD in English from Texas Tech University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in Manhattan, and an Honors BA from the University of Texas in Austin.
In my first career, I was an English professor at Columbia University in their University Writing Program and I still enjoy incorporating occasional writing and literature (bibliotherapy) into sessions when applicable. I also have commercially published articles on sex and relationships that can be found here.
On a personal note, I moved back home to Austin to raise my family in 2011. I have an amazingly supportive partner and three beautiful kiddos.