Marriage & Family Therapy
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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - LF60173194
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - 201619
Rollo May, a famous psychotherapist, once wrote that "the purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free" (Freedom & Destiny, 1981). In the best of cases, it does just that. Often those participating in therapy have been struggling for some time against stress, depression or anxiety, relationship problems, or any number of combinations of psychological, spiritual, or family distress. Psychotherapy helps people by confronting hidden ways that problems maintain their power, the attachments and distractions that are preventing wholeness and vitality, teaching clients new and creative ways to face and work through their problems, and, in many cases, revising destructive and debilitating beliefs about problems, about themselves, about their relationships, or about their world. Psychotherapy is a process that requires will and vulnerability and that provides opportunities for revelation and constructive change. If you are going through a difficult season, find a local therapist and call them to request an initial consultation. Therapy is a process and will require an investment of yourself, of your time, and of your budget. You will not find therapeutic "minute clinics." Be sure and schedule regularly and consistently for at least your first seven or eight sessions. Also be sure to set a small few goals from the outset that you continue to check back in on and revise, as necessary, over time. I wish you well.
Painful feelings can stir in us confusion, questions, fears, resentments, or defensiveness. Painful feelings often lead to impulsive, aggressive, or isolating behavior, and they can also result in a sort of paralyzation of thoughts and emotions. As a therapist, it is my role to facilitate a calming, stable, and mature relationship with clients that maximize opportunities for working through painful feelings without being overwhelmed. When clients do become overwhelmed, it is my responsibility to slow things down and to talk through the emotions and thoughts that trigger such pain and then to begin to lay new structures for being mindful of and effectively navigating them. Therapy is intended to be helpful, to provide just enough confrontation alongside just enough nurture and affirmation so that clients continue moving forward in their own journey of problem-solving and personal maturity. In the best of cases, therapy can provide powerful and meaningful experiences of confronting, processing, and resolving painful feelings together.