I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in couples therapy. I maintain a private practice in O'Fallon, IL. As a Certified Gottman Therapist, I believe that healthy individuals make up strong marriages and strong marriages are at the center of strong and healthy families. The Gottman Method Couples Counseling is based on 45 years of research that Dr. John Gottman and his wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman have compiled. From watching happy couples and distressed couples over a 40 year span, they know what couples are doing that keep them happily married. I will help you learn and practice these skills so you can be among the group of happily married couples. To learn more about the Gottman Approach, go to www.gottman.com. You can also go to the Gottman Method tab on the home page for more information as well.
While working with couples over the years, I realized how interwoven their sexual relationship was to the core of their emotional connection. I became very interested in how I could help couples more with this 'forbidden' topic. Most therapists and professionals in general are still uncomfortable talking about a couples sex life. I am completely comfortable discussing this to the extent the couple or individual wishes to share and work on it. As a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, I have extensive training in this area. The way I help people is through conversations about their sexual histories and the current issues they are experiencing. I offer no hands-on help in any way. All my help is done through discussion and private exercises that I request folks to do at home.
I graduated from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work. My diverse work experience has provided me with a broad range of skills that help me in private practice today. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. When I work with individuals, I try to lead them back inside themselves for the answers they are looking for. I believe that each individual knows what is best for them, therefore, I try to help them listen to that inner voice and support them while they follow it. With compassion, care, understanding and listening I work with each couple or individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are striving for.