Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate serving clients in Washington State
In the journey of relationships, there's an inherent need to feel heard, seen, and valued. It's like speaking a language that both partners understand, or finding yourself on a path the feels distant from where it all began. There are times when the connection between two people may seem lost, leaving you wondering where to begin or if it's time to seek new solutions.
I can personally relate to these experiences, both on a personal and professional level. My way of engaging with the world revolves around building meaningful connections. Throughout my 25 years of counseling and coaching individuals and families, I've always emphasized the importance of relationships and effective communication. My ultimate aim is to provide you with a safe place as a couple, where you can explore your current position and envision your future together.
Nurturing love and friendship, and addressing our needs in relationships often requires effort. As your therapist, I'm here to assist you in acquiring the skills necessary to overcome conflicts and strengthen your emotional bond. This often means seeking to understand the core wounds that keep you trapped in negative patterns of interactions.
Together with you and your partner, we can break free from unhealthy cycles and cultivate a renewed and enhanced connection. Through collaborative therapy, we'll navigate the obstacles that come with relationships and work toward healing and growth.
Perhaps it involves moving closer to one another instead of drifting apart. Whether your aim is to repair or rekindle your relationship, there is always hope to move in the direction you both desire. It would be my privilege to join you on this journey and contribute to the positive transformation of your relationship.
Individual and Couples therapy sessions are $150 per 60-minute session.
Seeing Clients Tuesday through Sunday Evenings & Weekends
Areas of Focus
Parenting and Blended Family Couples Counseling
I specialize in working with clients who are navigating the complexities of fertility issues, prenatal and postnatal experiences, parenting, and blended families. Drawing from my extensive experience in communication, parenting, family planning, and blended families, I offer an empathetic and solution-based approach to connecting with your partner during these life-changing events. Bringing children into a couple's relationship requires careful navigation. Regardless of your parenting role, disharmony can impact your relationship as a couple. But don't worry, finding balance, making time for each other, and strengthening your relationship is absolutely possible.
LGBT Couples Counseling
Are you part of the LGBTQIA+ community and finding yourselves frequently disagreeing or experiencing conflict in your relationship? Do you feel disconnected from your partner? In LGBTQ couples therapy, our goal is to help you gain insight into your reactions and behaviors within the context of your relationship. By fostering vulnerability and assertiveness with each other, we can develop lasting, practical solutions that contribute to a newfound sense of physical and emotional intimacy between you and your partner.
Even the happiest couples experience stress and conflict. It's crucial to learn how to deal with these issues constructively as you prepare for a lifetime together. Premarital counseling aims to identify and address any areas of conflict in your relationship while equipping partners with practical strategies for discussing and resolving issues. This way, you can build a strong foundation for a thriving and fulfilling future together.
Couples and Substance Use Recovery
Relationships require considerable effort and investment, and the challenges become even greater when substance use is present. Couples are more likely to experience conflict and distrust in such situations. However, repairing the relationship is an essential part of the recovery process. As a couple, we can examine counterproductive patterns, codependent behaviors, and start the process of seeking forgiveness. Together, we'll navigate the journey of healing and growth, allowing your relationship to thrive even in the face of substance use challenges.
Denise is trained in:
Solution Focused Therapy
Level 1 Gottman Method
Love and Logic Parenting
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy