It is normal and healthy for all relationships, even with ones that you love, to have some level of conflict. However, when that level of conflict starts to impact your well being and the well being of those you love and care for that action needs to be taken by seeking the help of a marriage and family therapist. I believe that couples and families are the most important community we have. They are the building blocks for every aspect of our lives. The health of your relationship to your significant other and your family directly impacts your mental and physical health. Challenges with relationships are one of the top contributors to anxiety, depression, and stress. If you’re not spending all of your time fighting, you are free to enjoy the ones you love most in this world.
To help you achieve the peace that you are longing for in your relationships, I employ one of the premier forms of couples therapy based on the Gottman Method. Some of the relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:
- Frequent conflict and arguments
- Poor communication
- Emotionally distanced couples on the verge of separation
- Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting
- Post-divorce counseling
My experience in Gottman, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Therapy was gained through my training as a marriage and family therapist as well as my work with families and couples over the years. I trained in the family therapy clinic at NIU, then I worked in two youth agencies (360 Youth Services and Aunt Martha’s Youth Services) where I worked with youth and their families. As well I have worked for years in outpatient therapy settings (Sound Hearts Therapy and Leyden DuPage Counseling). Most recently I worked over three years for a residential facility (Timberline Knolls) where I focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help patients and their families engage in recovery from severe disorders like chronic depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders and substance addiction.
My knowledge of DBT means that I can help you and/or your loved ones with being more present and engaged, improved interpersonal skills, the ability to regulate emotions, as well as cope with a crisis.
My passion is utilizing my skills to help individuals, couples, and families to get back to what matters most- building resilience by empowering them to use skills to help themselves and creating long lasting and meaningful relationships with those who matter most, whether that be with yourself, your partner, or your family. I look forward to meeting you and giving you the space to feel heard and understood and the confidence that you can move forward with your life no matter what comes your way.
Sara is the best therapist I have ever been to. I was able to speak to her easily, which I have never been easy for me to do with other therapists I have seen. I recommend anyone who is looking for counseling to see her!AG!