Dallas, Texas Therapist Offering Experienced and Compassionate Dallas Couples Counseling -- Specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, Relationship Counseling, Intimacy Concerns, Communication Issues, Divorce Counseling and Substance Abuse.
Relationships, much like electrical connections, sometimes short out, spew sparks, or even burn out altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to end the relationship, just as you wouldn’t throw out the lamp. People often seek counseling because a relationship’s connections are malfunctioning and it is causing pain. My practice area focuses on relationships, primarily on marriage and family therapy with extensive experience helping couples and individuals with intimacy problems, infidelity, and communication concerns. I also work with individuals or families dealing with addictions, co-dependency, mental illness or behavioral problems, and provide consultation for parents or family members of loved ones experiencing challenges in these areas.
I have a strong commitment to helping clients find the tools to create their own happiness in relationships and enrich their connectedness to the world and the people around them. My theoretical orientation is based on Bowen Family Systems Theory and the work of Dr. David Schnarch. Both are centered around the concepts of differentiation. Differentiation is a person’s ability to maintain a sense of self while in an emotionally and physically close relationship with another. Learning to manage these opposing forces in relationships is challenging. The more intimate the relationship, the harder it is to balance the need for attachment with the need for autonomy. By enlarging and strengthening our basic sense of self in the process of therapy, we gain the ability to manage these anxieties and discomforts. Managing our own emotions and intellect allows us to more fully enjoy our own lives as well as engage in more meaningful, less conflicted relationships.
My therapeutic style is open, gentle and respectful, but direct. I assume my clients come to work with me because they are looking for help in changing something that is no longer working for them in their lives. However, conscious and sometimes unconscious resistance to change needs to be gently but directly confronted. Growing ourselves up isn’t always an easy or painless process, but it is one that is necessary for happy, joyful, meaningful relationships.
Returning to school later in life, counseling became a second career for me. I obtained my Master of Arts from Argosy University Dallas in 2007. I am the author of Ready to Talk: A Companion Guide to Psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (approved to supervise LPC Interns), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (approved to supervise LMFT associates), and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
In addition to managing the day-to-day activities at Insights as its founder and owner, I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Dallas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, where I currently serve on the board.
A quote that sums up my therapeutic goals:
It’s not a matter of peeling away the layers but of developing them — growing ourselves up to be mature and resourceful adults who can solve our current problems. -- Dr. David Schnarch