I am a licensed psychologist dedicated to serving couples with high conflict, messy marriages. Healing hard relationships is my passion. I advocate for my clients’ love stories, even and especially when they feel there is little left to salvage.
I gained relationship expertise through years of training. I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, where I received extensive hands' on supervision of my couples work. I further honed my skills in the VA system working with veterans and their partners with concurrent and complex struggles such as PTSD, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, intimate partner violence, and infidelity.
In my private practice, I help couples who think therapy cannot possibly work for them because their pain is too deep, their problems are too big, and their patterns are too fixed. I always use evidence-based techniques proven to work, because couples who are hurting badly do not have time to waste. I provide marriage counseling for real partners with real problems, who, despite all the hurt, hold a sliver of hope that things can get better.
In my free time, I am easily wooed by a good love story and am a voracious consumer of fiction and film about good people finding and maintaining romance, passion, and connection. From a young age, I loved talking to people about their relationships. I even went so far as offering (mostly solicited) relationship advice to my peers on the steps of my high school quad. Thankfully, my education and experience have since refined my techniques!
Raised in Santa Cruz, California, I spent 5 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Portland, Oregon with my partner and two children. My therapeutic style is more West Coast than Midwest and is informed by my Jewish identity; I am direct, candid, and slightly irreverent.