for individuals and Couples
There are a lot of good reasons to get into couples counseling:
- You keep having the same fight(s) and want to find a way to move forward.
- Something's happened between you that you want to recover from.
- You're facing a transition (e.g., marriage or parenthood) and want to make sure you're on the same page.
- Or maybe things are pretty great but you want to get better at communication or some other aspect of your relationship.
Whatever your reason, I'd like to help. When we're in strong relationships, we tend to feel healthier and are better able to take on the challenges we face elsewhere in our lives.
I like working with couples of all sexual orientations and relationship statuses. If you're ready to grow stronger as a couple, let's get started.
Something’s not right, and maybe hasn’t been for a while, but you know it’s time for some changes. If you need help making those positive changes, I’d be honored to work with you.
I take a flexible approach to counseling, bringing thoughtfulness, creativity, and a multicultural lens to the process to meet you where you are. So I feel comfortable with a wide range of issues, but here are areas I help with most often:
If you’re struggling with one of these or something else, contact me and let's find a way to work on it together.
Most sessions are $140 for a 50-minute session with both partners. I practice a kind of couples therapy called the Gottman Method, and in that model, we start with getting to know each other so we can see what's going on in the relationship.
This starts with a 90 min first session with the three of us, followed by a 50-min 1:1 session with each partner. During this time, you'll also take a Gottman assessment tool (cost is included in session fees). And then we'll reconvene, talk about what I'm seeing, and make a plan for next steps.
From there on, we'll usually meet with the three of us for 50-min sessions.
We'll start with a longer first session that's 90 min long where we'll begin getting to know each other and talk about what goals you have for therapy. After that we'll move to a standard 50-min session length.
That said, if we find that we need a longer session sometimes, we can schedule a 90-minute session as needed, which costs the same as the intake session.
I usually recommend that we start out meeting once a week if possible, and then once you're reaching your goals, we can reassess and decide where to go from there.
I joined Tina at The Therapy Studio after completing my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at University of Missouri - St. Louis. For 15 years, I've worked toward the greater good in different ways, mostly public health and teaching.
What draws me to counseling is helping people become healthier in a way that feels right for me -- there's both a science and an art to counseling, which lets me draw on my analytical and creative abilities in session.
In addition to my degree in counseling, my formal education includes a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing (note: I'm eager to work with clients who are artists themselves!) from Ohio State University, a master's in communication from UMSL, and a bachelor's in English writing and religious studies from DePauw University.
What else can I tell you? I've shared a few things that are important to me in the carousel below. If there's anything else you want to know, just ask in session!
I believe in an active, experiential approach. That means I’m a collaborator, offering a caring, objective point of view to help in your process of figuring out what you think and feel and want. It also means we’re finding ways you can grow and make positive changes because talk can only get us part-way -- we also have to put what we learn into action.
I’m here to help -- I think that’s what it all comes down to for me. If you’re struggling with something, let’s work on it together. I don’t have all the answers, but I can promise to be supportive, patient, and attentive (and maybe even funny sometimes). We’ll build a trusting relationship, so you can grow toward who and how you want to be.
I'm currently provisionally licensed in Missouri, which means I work with clients under supervision of a fully licensed counselor.
My supervisor is Kristen Craren, MEd, LPC, NCC (license no. 2013035394)
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