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We are all consistently evolving and “transforming” into hopefully better versions of ourselves in love, life, business, spirit, and the gifts we leave this world with. How do we do this? With help! We are better together and I believe psychotherapy is a needed tool for all those wanting to heal, or wanting to gain a “leg up” on this thing called life.
I believe in the power of love and the ability to "transform" new or troubled relationships into fulfilling ones. In relationships often the thing that attracts us to our partner, becomes the one thing that triggers our attachment injuries or “raw spots.” We instinctively go into survival mode and end up fighting the one we want to love, and want to be loved by. This triggers them, and the negative cycle of disconnection begins again…and again…and again. Couples psychotherapy can help you learn, stop, and re-program this cycle into a positive healing one.
I've dedicated my life to exploring interpersonal issues that stagnate personal growth, preventing healthy connections throughout the lifespan. I consider myself a triumphant learner, and a humbled teacher!
I began my career in the sports industry where I worked for Ohio University (OU) Athletics, OU Football, the Los Angeles Angels, Anaheim Ducks, Cincinnati Reds, American Airlines Arena (Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars), and ‘America’s Team,’ the Dallas Cowboys. At an early age I was introduced to tennis and skiing by my father, a Vietnam Veteran who co-founded both an African American Ski Club and tennis club in Columbus, Ohio.
After 16 years of working in sports and my father’s untimely death, I decided there was more I wanted to do to help individuals, athletes, their families, and their personal relationships. I help my clients tend to their mental health by healing and creating secure relationships with others. I believe we are happy, fulfilled individuals when our relationships are healthy, and that we become the opposite when our relationships are draining, insecure, and unstable.
Within my practice I choose to take an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing family systems models rather than pathologizing an individual. Physical and emotional cutoffs, guilt, shame, and grief exacerbate pain, and internal and/or external suffering. This is not to say that people can’t develop, or weren’t born with possible mental disorders, but I have learned that many mental, biological, or physical health issues can be minimized or healed through psychotherapy and safe, secure attachments with others.