My parents were a poor model for what a relationship should be. They had no idea what it took to get along. As I got older I found myself dealing with relationships in much the same way. I kept secrets, was self centered and made some poor choices in partners I was clueless.
I concluded that it was a struggle for who would win –who was right - and I looked for the “perfect” match. The thrill of first love and lust was supposed to be there forever and if it wasn’t, something was wrong.
But I learned that a relationship
can be a path toward growth.
It is a challenging path. I had to learn to respect myself and respect the other. It takes skill and a shift in thinking and behaving to accomplish this.
And that’s what propelled me into my life long interest in relationships and what really makes a couple work as a happy, mutually supportive unit.
What is true for couples is also true for all of our close relationships.
So to pursue that professionally, I decided to get my education in marriage and family therapy, along with clinical social work. Being licensed to practice both gives me the advantage of blending different approaches to helping people get what they want and need.
I’ve continued acquiring the latest approaches to couples counseling and relationship coaching through the years. Most recently I’ve completed training at Terry Real’s Relational Life Institute. This approach assumes that in healing a relationship you heal the individuals in it.
University of Miami
MSW, clinical social work
Relational Life Therapy
Certificate, Mediation for
Children of Divorce
Honors, Licenses, Associations
Magna Cum Laude, psychology, UM
Florida licensed clinical social worker
Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
National Association of Social Workers
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
International Center for Clinical Excellence
Who’s Who in America for Mental Health Professionals
Co-creator faculty, St Thomas University MFT master’s program in Marital and Family Therapy
Approved Supervisor, AAMFT
Cable-Tap producer, mind-body health series
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about Relationships and Couples Counseling
I believe trust in relationships is a major force in having satisfaction in our personal and professional lives. Trust is what allows us to share our most intimate thoughts, deepest fears, and most tender needs. I see trust as such a core factor in creating the joy in my life that I am driven to help others achieve it as well.
I have built a successful practice by being a trust builder and solution finder for many couples as well as individuals, through the use of humor, wisdom, and a large array of therapeutic tools. I’m highly invested in helping my clients:
• Heal their hurting hearts and wounded pride
• Stop the small and large self-destructive behaviors
• Make clear minded decisions regarding what to do after being betrayed
• Develop genuinely effective communication skills
• Live a life free from jealousy, doubt, suspicion and defensiveness
• Create realistic expectations
As a licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, and board certified diplomate in social work, it has been my professional mission for more than 35 years to help couples and individuals create good relationships.