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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:

 Hold Me Tight 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.


 
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a short-term (approximately 8-20 sessions) structured approach that was originally developed in the 1980s by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg. 

There is a significant body of research on this approach; it has been found that 70-75% of couples who go through EFT move from distress to recovery with about 90% demonstrating significant and lasting overall improvement. 

​​EFT is an evidence based, humanistic treatment that arose out of attachment theory.  Some call EFT, the "new science of love" because it identifies a clear and attainable process and methodology for creating and maintaining healthy, secure, romantic bonds.  

Watching couples transform and/or deepen their relationship Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy or a Hold Me Tight Couples Workshop is one of my most special and treasured experiences in life.

To learn more about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, you can go to:




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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. 


We know that when people feel isolated and alienated from their community, loved ones, or partner in life, their health tends to suffer.  Having a secure, loving bond with your partner can help restore your health.  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy can sometimes help couples suffering from cardiac illness to heal faster from the trauma of a heart attack or ongoing disease.

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.

If you are interested in learning more or in purchasing my book, click on the link below:

Stress & A Healthy Ticker: On Preventing Heart Disease​

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_Inventory

www.cpp.com/products/firo-b/index.asp

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/

                                                                    

Relationship Enrichment Programs, also known as Hold Me Tight Couples Workshops are based on the book, "Hold Me Tight."