As a therapist for 20 years, providing counseling for children, teens, adults, couples, and families, I focus on helping people repair and strengthen their relationships. I regard relationships as central to the therapeutic process. Some challenges in life are purely personal, but most problems express themselves in the intersections people have with other people. Therapy helps people hear themselves think, experience feelings, gain new perspectives. When people learn to recognize and strengthen their own vitality and resiliency, they unlock their capacity for compassionate and meaningful connections. I specialize in relational work, incuding couples and family therapy, and I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families living with autism. Participants in my PEERS social skills group practice relationship skills with their peers, their families, and community members. Participants in my Parents Together support group develop and grow real time connections and receive emotional support. I strive to build inclusive communities for autistic individuals and families. In individual & family counseling for people with autism individuals learn relationship skills and tools for thinking with greater flexibility, and family members learn to interact with greater ease and compassion. Specialized training in Relational Life Therapy with Terrence Real, Stuctural Family Therapy, cultural competence, and training in Family Systems work through the Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C provide a foundation for my work with clients.