I began my professional career as a field archaeologist, subsequently becoming a lawyer. After practicing law for eighteen years, I decided to pursue a life-long fascination (obsession, really) with interpersonal relationships and the ways in which our relationships create a context through which we understand and experience ourselves and the world around us, and to a large extent determine the quality and texture of our lives.
I obtained an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah in 2015. Like many professionals entering the practice of psychotherapy, I spent the following two years providing psychotherapy under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice where I saw and treated a wide variety of presenting concerns in individuals and couples, and in group contexts.
I’ve been working with couples since 2014 and have post-graduate training in several relationship treatment models including the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, as well as some foundational training in psychoanalytic couples therapy and family systems.
Couples therapy is a dynamic and evolving field and my therapeutic approach continues to be informed by a diverse community of practitioners, researchers, and theorists including Esther Perel, Bill Doherty, Terry Real, Alain de Botton, Eli Finkel, Neil Jacobsen, Andrew Christensen, David Schnarch, and Harville Hendrix to name a few.
Doing the work of couples therapy is one of the greatest privileges of my professional life, and a source of endless curiosity, engagement, and satisfaction.