MA, LLP, LPC, CIRT, PC
I am a psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist with over 35 years of clinical therapy experience.
I have held several administrative positions (such as the director of substance abuse program and the specialist in charge of CEUs for Imago Relationship in the state of Michigan), but therapy is, and always will be, my passion and is my current focus.
I consider myself a facilitator who guides and teaches clients to discover and access the emotional tools they need to understand their relationships and to find connections. I also assist clients in honoring and respecting their authentic selves. I instruct individuals and couples to use a simple respectful way of speaking and listening that can generally impact their lives.
My practice focuses on positive change. My philosophy is derived from Imago Relationship Theory which weaves together leading psychological paradigms and facts from recent research in neuroscience in a way that helps clients to see themselves and their relationships from a different perspective.
My areas of clinical specialty include individual issues relationship issues (including pre-marital, life transitions, and divorce grief and loss stress management medical and health concerns depression and anxiety conflict resolution Fibromyalgia (including stress/pain management).
I counsel individuals and couples in a comfortable, supportive, and very private atmosphere in my residential Beverly Hills, Michigan office. I offer a highly personalized treatment plan tailored to each of my clients’ unique needs to help them attain the growth they are striving for. My practice chooses not to engage in email communications regarding personal and other therapeutic issues, since a client’s confidentiality is one of the utmost importance and cannot be protected via email.
When I was a small child, I woke up very early in the morning, and my Grandma, who lived with us, would invite me into her room. There, she held me in her arms and told me stories about the “old country” (which was about her Armenian life, when she lived in Turkey before WWI). Some of those stories included Armenian massacre, and they were told to me in a way that was appropriate for a little girl. It was at this time I really grew to love the stories of other people’s lives. Since that time, I have always wanted to know people’s stories and have always been interested in knowing about their lives. In my high school yearbook, my friends wrote that I was a good listener and someone they could turn to when they had problems.
When I went away to college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do; however, I still really liked learning stories about people’s lives. I was very talented in English Literature and thought I might become a writer.
Because of this, I thought it would be helpful to take psychology in order to better analyze characters. So, I signed up for my first psychology class, and the professor opened the class by telling us that anyone who was a freshman could leave because he or she would not pass. Determined to prove him wrong, I decided to stay in class.
After I turned in my final exam, my professor called me down to the front of the auditorium. I was very frightened as I thought I had done something wrong. Instead, he asked me if I had considered pursuing psychology as he thought I had a talent in this area. I was shocked and asked: “How am I going to pass statistics?” He said: “You will do it,” and I believed him.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to graduate school.
Imago Relationship Theory permeates how I work with all persons and all relationships. I believe all people crave and need a connection from birth to death.
I believe that people have tools inside them to help them heal and grow. I consider my job as a therapist to be someone who can help you “read the map to recovery while you drive the car”, training you to be the therapist(s) for yourself.
When individuals come to see me, I focus on the relationship they have with themselves. This can include difficulties with emotions, feeling out of control, and feelings of worthlessness and despair. I also help individuals to understand how to select healthy relationships if they choose. This will include learning how to give and receive love to themselves and with others.
When couples come to see me, I encourage them to establish safety in their relationships and to understand that “conflict is growth waiting to happen” *. I also help them to form a healthy connection and teach them Imago dialogue, which is a way of speaking that ensures that each partner can speak and be heard in a non-defensive way.
* Harville Hendrix, Getting the Love that You Want (Harper Perrenial, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, 1990), 109.