Vanessa's therapy style is warm, attentive, collaborative and nonjudgmental. You are welcome to explore any variety of issues in a safe, empathic, affirming environment. Vanessa's formal training is in Marriage & Family Therapy and Social Work with extensive experience in Couples, Families, Blended Families, Peer Relations, LGBTQ, Life Transition, and Open Relationships Non-Monogamy.
- Blended Families (Step-Parents, Step-Children, Step-Siblings)
- Parent-Child-Adolescent Relationship
- Open Relationships-Non-Monogamy
- Family Conflict
Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy
- Family Systems
- Strength Based
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Client Focused
- Culturally Sensitive
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Compassion Focused
"Vanessa makes us feel comfortable talking about the difficult issues in our marriage. She's very sensitive and intuitive and genuinely cares. I have never felt judged in her presence, I feel the opposite, like I can talk to her about anything, I bring up whatever I'm thinking and I feel It's made a huge difference in how we've been able to progress as a couple in therapy"
"Vanessa helped my (teenage) daughter talk to me and tell me that she is gay. My daughter had a series of inpatient hospitalizations and thoughts of wanting to kill herself because she thought she would disappoint us if she told us she was attracted to girls. My husband and I see Vanessa for couples therapy to help us communicate and work through the ups and downs of our (18 year) marriage, but what I am most grateful for is that she was able to reach our daughter who wouldn't talk to anyone. We didn't know what was wrong and she (daughter) wouldn't talk to anyone. After her (daughter) 3rd hospitalization we were assigned to Vanessa for follow up therapy and my daughter opened up to her. We are so grateful we got Vanessa"
"We have had Vanessa as a therapist for 3 years and have recommended her to others as well. She has helped us as a couple and with our children who have had some very rough ups and downs. She listens and also gives us direction which is different from our previous experiences with therapists. She also checks in with us regularly to make sure she's addressing what we want to be working on. She also remembers what we were talking about from the week before and reminds us where we left off if we forget"