Vickie M. Pennick, MS LMFT
|Professions: Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist|
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I believe the most difficult step for most people is seeking help and I praise my clients for taking that first step. My approach is client directed therapy. I want my clients to feel that they guide the direction and control the journey towards reaching their goals. I simply walk beside them to offer support, encouragement and help them to stay on course. Everyone has a story and sometimes it is just my privilege to be a witness to the telling of the story. I value my clients, respect their struggles and admire their resilience.
I am a wife of 42 years, a mother and grandmother. I find my work is my passion and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love.
Email or Call Vickie M. Pennick, MS LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08971
More Info About My Practice
I offer a courtesy initial consultation that is a get aquainted opportunity prior to your commitment to begin therapy. The first full session (90 mins.) is the intake session in which we discuss confidentially, policies and privacy. In this session we do the initial paperwork and discuss fee arrangements. I also like to start forming a genogram or history of the client's family of origin. The following session is approx. 50 mins but can last longer. I do not take insurance but do offer documentation for clients wishing to file their insurance. I offer package programs and convenient payment plans. Many clients have found that their insurance deductible is higher than their fee. All major credit cards are accepted.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
As a wife of nearly 43 years, a mother of three and a grandmother to four, I have lived a life full of experiences. I feel that being a young mother, a work mother and an adult student gives me a valuable perspective on being a woman. As a wife, daughter, caregiver and friend I have gained knowledge about grief, loss, sudden illness, pain and repair. My work as a hospice volunteer and as a volunteer for Big Brothers and Sisters has given me amazing insight and empathy. As a woman who grew up in the 50's I struggled to find my own voice, my own strength and confidence in a world that did not prepare me for a career. Growing up with strong women role models helped me to find the way to make my dreams come true and being blessed with the ability to seek knowledge as made me successful. I do consider myself to be a work in progress and believe that everyone should strive me learn, be better and inspire others. I am currently working on my PhD in Mind-Body Medicine and hope to continue to grow my knowledge base to provide better care for my clients.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I believe that in seeking therapy and asking for help is one of the hardest things in the world for most people to do. My clients inspire me. Clients present with issues that vavy from abuse, neglect and terribly dysfunctional family systems where they have no support. I admire their ability to desire better for themselves and their families. In my work with clients, we celebrate their insight into their own situation and their hopes, dreams and resilience. We all have flaws and weaknesses but realizing that we want to improve the quality of our lives is a huge step. There are no prefect people nor prefect families. Everyone wants the same thing...love, respect, safety and peace. When a clients decides to arrive at my office with their heart in their hands and seeking support, I feel honored to greet them. We can all grow, change, develop better habits, improve our relationship, do better self care and live a fuller life if we are willing to ask for help.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The therapeutic alliance is essential in my work with clients. I work very hard to establish the relationship, gain the trust and form a partnership with my client systems. This process begins at the initial consultation and grows with each session. Clients can expect to feel safe, secure and comfortable in the client-therapist relationship. I provide open, honest feedback, direction, guidance and collaboration. In our intake sessions my clients are advised about the guideline and ethical standards that I work under as a LMFT. We discuss the boundaries of the relationship, confidentiality and privacy as well as policy and procedures. Clients are given the opportunity to ask questions about my credentials and training during the initial consultation and encouraged to voice their concerns. Clients are in charge of their process through therapy and I feel this ensures their success. They determine their own goals because they know they hopes and dreams. I work with them to clarify their goals, establish realitic timelines and write their treatment plan. Collarboration on goals is always an amazingly time for forging alliances. Clients feel empowered and at the same time supported knowing that someone will be their as a coach, a partner and teacher to help them reach their goals. I find this an incredible humbiling experiences. I am honored to work with clients. I respect their willingness to be vulnerable, face their fears of failure and share their life story.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
My clients are presented with many methods for the course of the therapy. Some clients need to attend sessions weekly or more often depending on the intensity of their life issue. As strange as it may sound the best therapy happens between sessions. I work very hard to provide my clients with ways to work on their issues outside of the therapy room. I provide them with a reading list, homework, exercises and assignments for the time between sessions. Clients who are very motivated to change will work hard to reach their goals and acheive them in a short period. Clients who are in the midst of a life crisis or transitional period need more time and need the time to comtemplate change. This process can not be rushed and I allow my clients the time to process each session before we revisit an issue. My practice and therapy is client focused and client guided. I feel that my duty as a therapist, coach and counselor is to make the therapy experience successful, productive and life changing. Clients can chose to end therapy at any point but I ask my clients to attend a closing session where I provide them with any further information, etc. that they might need. I term clients when we have met their goals and we mutually feel that they do not need further care. However, as hectic as life can be and with constant changes some clients change their goals and establish new goals due to their own changes in self-confidence. They realize that they want and are capable of more.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Divorced individuals,blended families, single mothers,single fathers, working mothers, incest survivors, sexual addiction, infidelity, abuse, self esteem issues, women's assertiveness, caregivers, individuals in life transitional phases, chronic illness, social anxiety, newly weds, pre-marital counseling, employee issues, business consulting, career counseling, marital conflict and empty nesters
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