I love being in a happy relationship. Doesn’t everyone?
Our intimate partner relationships are so very important to our well-being. They are a major part of our lives, and our lives are much too short to be in unhappy, dissatisfying, or unfulfilling relationships.
Being in a happy relationship does not mean that you and your partner live in a utopian universe free of conflict and stress. You’re going to be stressed and you’re going to disagree. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be happy.
I teach couples to love and appreciate their relationship with each other.
Some of my titles include… relationship enricher, friendship & intimacy builder, relationship myth dispeller, conflict soother, and meaning maker.
Who am I really?
On a more personal note, outside of work you will find me enjoying the company of my amazing partner John, spending time with my wonderful family and friends, being a foodie and trying out new restaurants in our magnificent city of Asheville, hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, and taking pleasure in the delightful practice of yoga.
I also love knitting, baking, video games, board games, and adventuring with my Elf in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. And I don’t know where I would be without my Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice. It keeps me relaxed, creative, and happy.
Am I qualified to do this?
You are here because you are in search of guidance and support for your relationship, not to investigate the letters after my name, so I have saved this section for the end.
If you are curious about my education and training, I have a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
In addition, I am a Certified Facilitator of PREPARE/ENRICH, the #1 premarital assessment, and I have completed specialized training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, a goal-oriented and scientifically-based approach built upon over 40 years of research. I am also a Gottman Leader of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program.
Professional Development, Trainings, and Conferences
2020: Zur Institute: Sexual Issues: Diagnosis and Treatment – Marty Klein, PhD
2019: Gottman Leader Training for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couple Program
2017: NCAMFT Conference: Trauma & Intimacy – Working with Inner Child Parts in Couples Therapy – Terry Real & Working With Difficult Men: Trauma, Depression, Aggression – Terry Real
2015: NCAMFT Conference: Turning Off the Turn On: Relational Therapies for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity – Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LMFT
2014: NCAMFT Conference: The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma: Supporting Recovery with the Brain in Mind – Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT
2012: NCAMFT Conference: Achieving Clinical Excellence: Three Steps to Superior Performance – Scott Miller, PhD
2011: NCAMFT Conference: Internal Family Systems Model – Richard Schwartz, PhD
2010: AAMFT Conference: Marriage: Relational and Societal Perspectives
NCAMFT Conference: Sexual Health, Sexual Problems, and Treatment Approaches – Sally Foley, LMSW
2009: Community Mediation Training
Past volunteer work with Our VOICE and Helpmate