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Welcome to my practice.   
                                                       

If you are looking for a private place to safely discuss concerns that you are having, you will likely feel comfortable and find your time produc
tive in my office. 

Individuals, Couples, and Families are assessed and treated with kindness, respect, and warm professionalism at The Cottage Clinic.  My approach is tailored to your specific needs and situation.  I use a combination of emotionally focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy,  positive psychology, and psychological assessment tools.


My focus is on how to help individuals, couples, as well as parents and their children bring out the best in themselves and each other.


My office, the Cottage Clinic offers a private, nature setting for individuals, couples, family, and group counseling. 

As a Licensed Psychologist for almost twenty-five years, I've developed a solid tool kit and methodology for assisting people with identifying the issues that are getting in the way of achieving the best quality of life or relationship that you may seek. 


Specialty areas include:
  • Marriage counseling
  • Stepfamilies and Step-parenting
  • Premarital counseling
  • Personality Testing
  • Intimacy issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Divorce recovery
  • Cardiac psychology

 Couples Workshops and Marriage Enrichment Weekends are offered at the Cottage Clinic about four times a year. 

This is my office where I meet with my clients.


 

Personality Assessment and feedback helps individuals and couples understand themselves better and also us focus treatment effectively from the beginning (utilizing the MMPI-2 and Firo-B)  To learn more about this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Multiphasic_Personality_Inventorywww.cpp.com/products/firo-b/index.asp

 

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured approach that was originally developed in the 1980s by Leslie Greenberg and Sue Johnson to be used with couples. There is significant research on this approach and it has been found that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and that the gains are sustained for months to years following the end of treatment.  EFT is an evidence based, humanistic treatment that arose out of emotion theory and attachment theory. From the EFT perspective change occurs by means of awareness, regulation, reflection, and transformation of emotion taking place within the context of an empathetic relationship.
To learn more about EFT, go to: www.iceeft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view.
 
Positive Psychology is built on research about what behaviors, attitudes, and thinking habits help enhance quality of life.  This body of research includes tools and exercises that can help you increase your happiness, improve health, relationships, and even longevity. To learn more about Positive Psychology, go to: www.ippanetwork.org/

 

Cardiac psychology is a specialization of health psychology that focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease by incorporating strategies to address the emotional and behavioral barriers to lifestyle changes (e.g. smoking cessation), and that seeks to enhance recovery in cardiac patients by means of providing patients tools (e.g. stress management and psychotherapy) to cope with life and physical changes associated with their disease. Cardiac psychologists can help cardiac patients across the lifespan: prevention, pre-surgery, post-surgery, and rehabilitation of cardiac disease with a particular emphasis on achieving optimal quality of life outcomes. We help cardiac patients cope with life-changing diagnoses, devices, or other events that may cause feelings of emotional discomfort.  Our goal is to help you adjust to your situation and to improve your quality of life. For more information on heart disease and cardiac psychology, go to: www.heart.org/ www.suddencardiacarrest.org/                                           

In my work with cardiac patients and their families, the focus is often to improve mutual understanding and support during a difficult experience, transition, or recovery.  Sometimes, couples withdraw emotionally from each during when they need one another the most.  Challenging times can help couples strengthen and deepen their relationship or the stress and strain can cause alienation - the work we do can help you grow closer.
                                                                    


Relationship Enhancement Programs, also known as Hold Me Tight Couples Workshops are offered four times a year at The Cottage Clinic.

For information on our next HOLD ME TIGHT WORKSHOP