Doreen Hardy, PhD, MFT
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision|
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My philosophy and approach to helping people is to collaborate with them to interrupt old patterns and discover the recurring themes that point to new ways of being happier and healthier. I love hearing a new, more healing, story emerge from the ruins of an old pattern. Helping couples find ways to listen to each other is the most rewarding part of my job. Listening does not mean agreeing. Listening is the first step toward a new deeper understanding of each other. Past habits of criticism, defensiveness, and projection often veil the true connection. Helping couples rediscover their abiding love is difficult but rewarding work. Working with individuals involves a similar process of uncovering entrenched inner dialog that no longer serves them. Becoming aware of the mind-body connection augments creating a happier life for both couples and individuals.
Email or Call Doreen Hardy, PhD, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22299
More Info About My Practice
I am a staff therapist at Council for Relationships in the Exton Office. My fee is $120 per therapeutic hour. Statements are provided for you to submit to insurance, but we do not submit directly to insurance.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I spent the better part of my life trying very hard to be happy. I had a good life: marriage, kids, an information technology job, a longstanding yoga and meditation practice job, and a religious community that I enjoyed. I had a sense that there was something I was missing. Then after spending many years caring for my aging mother, I realized that I still had time to pursue a career that helped people navigate the difficult passages in life. Training to be a couple and family therapist was intense and grueling and the best decision I ever made. The things I learned enhanced my life in every way, especially my marriage. I want to share what I learned.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The Client-Therapist Alliance is an important contributor to successful therapy. The client-therapist alliance is more nuanced than simply liking your therapist, but then again maybe the word "liking" is broad enough to capture the natural rapport that characterizes a good working relationship. I have had a variety of experiences in therapy, and I wish I had been aware of the research related to this factor. In hindsight, I wished I had moved on quicker than I did when the alliance was not productive. There is no harm in searching for a good fit, and I wish you luck in finding the right therapist for you.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
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