I am the founder and owner of The Center For All Relationships in Boca Raton, Florida and a psychotherapist, specializing in marriage or couples therapy using Imago therapy. My credentials include a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University, Miami, Florida and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the state of Florida. I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, an Advanced Imago Clinician, Certified Connected Parents Thriving Kids Trainer, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and an experienced EMDR practitioner and a Qualified Supervisor with the State of FLorida. For over 20 years I have been helping couples, individuals and families to overcome their difficulties and lead more enriched lives. I am deeply committed to the people I help and the inner work that I feel honored to facilitate them with.
The Process of Therapy
As a trauma therapist, using EMDR, hypnotheray as well as body-centered relaxation techniques that quiet reactivity and increase tolerance for strong feelings, as well as my past experience and skills as an Anger Management therapist, many clients have successfully shifted from a limited place of fear and loss, into an increased level of functioning, with new happiness and self-worth. For some, the changes have been rapid, within a few sessions and for others it has been more of a process with steady change that increases over time. My belief is that it is our birth-right and we deserve to live our lives feeling whole, valued and happy to be alive. To that end I empower and support my clients to define their own goals, have relationships that enliven and support them as well as the ability to continue growing and expanding.
My Past Experience As A Therapist
My past work includes years of experience working with child and adult trauma in a number of therapeutic settings, including community agencies, in and out-patient mental health facilities and private practice over the years. I have helped clients with a range of problems from severe, chronic, mental illness to situational adjustment difficulties in daily life. In the early years of my work with children, I observed over and over again that children of parents who were unhappy with each other and in a state of conflict, did not do well and had many problems. I came to understand how important couple’s work was and gravitated towards helping the parents of these children. My work today is primarily with couples and individuals.
As I have grown as a therapist I have found Imago therapy to be the most effective method for overcoming inter-personal problems and creating strong connection in couples. Imago Relationship Therapy, developed by Harville Hendrix (Getting the Love You Want) offers a way to accept and support each other's differences while staying connected in a loving way. Conflict in realtionships is a protest against disconnection. My job is to help couples to understand how their own communication styles and power-struggles are preventing this connection from occuring. I believe that transforming relationships not only heals the couple but can correct the dysfunction that gets passed to their children, from one generation to another. I have come to delight in my work with couples. Honestly looking inward at oneself, especially with the support of a partner, is one of the most profound and life changing experiences one can embark on. In this way, couples truly begin to devellop and then enjoy and respectful parnership and feel the joy of being a team.
Connected Parents Thriving Kids
I am an Certified Imago Connected Parents Thriving Kids trainer. This is a powerful experiental parenting group classes with other parents. All are there to learn new and life-changing techniques for helping their children while empowering themselves in the process. Parents are given the opportunity to examine how they themselves were raised and how that impacts their strenghts and defecits as parents today. New parenting tools are taught that really work and bring harmony back to family life.
Although a major part of my work as an Imago therapist is with couples, there is an important aspect of Imago that relates to individuals and how they come to choose the people they date and eventually spend their lives with. In my work with singles, I integrate the Imago concepts and address the needs of singles to understand the patterns of their relationships as they relate to their quest for love and acceptance. Within each or our relationships, the joys and the losses from the past to the present, lie the answer to healing. I am deeply committed to helping adults move from a lonely and confusing place to a level of safe, contentment with hope for the future.
My Journey With My Clients
I have learned as much from my clients as they have from me. I have the utmost respect for the resilience and ability to grow that I have witnessed over the years. As a married person myself, my own life and marriage has been enriched by practicing and living the Imago way. From my personal experience with the process, I have a strong empathic connection to my clients and their struggles into wholeness. This process has helped me to connect to my clients with the compassion that only comes from a sense of personal knowingness. It is vital to me that the journey I ask my clients to embark on is one that is familiar and realistic and most importantly, one that I am fully equipped to guide them through. I am passionate about my work with others and committed to the people who seek my help and the process of self-discovery that I facilitate them with. My work is truly my heart’s desire. I look forward to welcoming and helping you on your next journey or personal growth and transformation. Therapy is a gift that one gives to oneself.
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers(NASW), Imago Relationship International (IRI), the Mid-Atlantic Association for ImagoTherapists (MAIT) and Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)