MS, LMFT, BCC
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working as psychotherapist for 35 years, a teacher, and a Board Certified Life Coach.
I am the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love, which has been translated into four languages.
To reach as many people as possible about the steps to true intimacy, I frequently present my “Love Cycles” program at the renowned Rancho la Puerta wellness retreat and other venues across the country. I also speak about relationship issues on radio programs and podcasts, and I write for many online magazines.
The deepest meaning of being human has always fascinated me. Throughout my adult life, I’ve studied psychology, poetry, philosophy, spirituality and literature, and I’ve come to understand how those realms intertwine and enrich one another. Additionally, I have found that my own everyday challenges—maintaining a loving, long-term relationship, raising children, developing my career, facing illness, and grieving the loss of people I love—have been my most valuable teachers. The very experiences that have brought me my greatest joys and pain have been the sources of my greatest life lessons.
Like anyone with whom I work, my own life has been filled with complexity. My calling is to use that complexity to help my clients claim their own stories and find their own paths.
I would welcome the opportunity to help you discover your next growth path, and to help you to safely and wisely reach your heart’s destination.
I offer on-on-one for couples and individuals, both by phone and via Skype. Sessions can be scheduled one at a time or in reduced-rate packages. This is designed to help you work with the lifelong patterns that get in the way, in addition to learning the skills to help you flourish, to discover, and to follow your dreams.
Whether your issue feels small or overwhelming, I can help you develop strategies to help you resolve it. When challenges are long-term and can’t readily be changed, I will help you better manage and accept them. Together, we'll work to increase your well-being, problem-solving abilities, and self-compassion.
I know how fragile the ties that hold us together can feel. Frequently, I see couples who think they want out of the relationship, when what they really want is a way out of their pain and a set of tools for rediscovering intimacy and joy. I can help you to discover what you truly want in your intimate partnership.
Upcoming and ongoing events, scheduled throughout the year, include Workshops for Couples, Workshops for Women, and Special Guests. Popular and effective, they include The Love Cycles Couples Course and the Summer and Winter Retreats. Most of these take place in or near Corvallis in Central OR.