I work in a way that respects the needs, values, feelings, goals, and the safety of both partners.
I frequently see and work with:
Men who feel like they can't do anything right and are constanly being criticized
Women who want to end a pattern of being abused
Men who recognize themselves as being intense and/or controlling
Women who recognize themselves as impatient, hurt, angry, disappointed, fed up, and/or disgusted with their partners
Most often, couples and even individuals are a combination of these. I have a balanced approach, focused on bringing mutual respect, trust, and safety back into their relationships.
I began developing this specialization when I attended a training at a local Domestic Violence agency in the summer of 2000. I worked and trained there for six years, facilitating groups and meeting with people individually as needed. I ran the offender treatment groups for men and for women, taught anger management, worked with women in transitional housing, women in early recovery, and provided volunteer trainings.
I went on teach graduate level courses on Intimate Partner Abuse for JFK University and for the Wright Institute, and provided professional trainings for agencies and organizations such as the Health and Human Services Department of San Diego County and Alta Bates Summit Medical Hospital.
From mild to more extreme, whether verbal and emotional, physical, economic, or all of these, abusive relationships has remained an area of focus in my private practice, where I have been working with clients on these issues since 2002.