Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Other
I'm a licensed professional.
Licensed Marital & Family Therapist - 754
Licensed Professional Counselor - 2272
I am well trained and have extensive experience in relationships: couples, parent/child and family. My masters degree is in Family Relations and Child Development. As a Licensed and Marital Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist my specialty is working with families and couples.
I see the purpose of psychotherapy as an avenue to help individual, couples and families to become aware of their strengths and assist in connecting to their internal source for ways to cope and find solutions to their specific issues. I also feel that a therapist should provide a safe, nurturing environment to assist in processing and identifying what will be most helpful for them. The therapist, in addition should be able to provide some concrete, practical strategies for clients to consider for implementation to assist with the presenting issues.
I love my work as a therapist. I feel it is what I was meant to do with my life. I feel I was given a special gift and I enjoy sharing it. I like the idea of helping others to find their strengths and to assist them in finding ways to heal and find ways to cope or deal with the issues they are bringing into my office.
I like to get a health and psycho-social history of each person I work with. I also find it helpful to know their specific family background. It helps to know a history of the problem, what has worked and not worked in relation to this problem. Identifying the person's strengths is very important.
I am a very ethical therapist. I follow all state licensing laws and regulations, but in addition I want to make sure I am the right person to help someone. If I feel the person or family I am seeing needs additional resources I will try to connect them with these services. If they have a specific issue that I feel another therapist could be more helpful with I will refer them out to this person.
I feel it is important for the individual, couple or family to feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. They should be able to make some kind of connection and be able to development a mutually respectful relationship. Having a solid, professional relationship is critical to good therapy.
I started out as a Rogerian Therapist with believing in lots of client directed and reflective listening. I still do believe in this. I have just grown to know that a therapist can be collaborative with individuals, couple and families to assisting in finding potential helpful strategies to cope, heal and find practical solutions to their issues. I use a variety of different therapy modals: solution focus, narrative, emotionally focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play and art therapy, etc.
I always let the client take the lead. There is no pushing and we go at the client's pace.