My Approach to Helping
This therapist works from a compassionate and empathic lens when connecting with clients. When working with couples, My approach is to provide activities that will allow the couple to gently unpacks individual pathologies that may have stemmed from an “unkind” childhood. This particular unraveling allows the couple to realize this aspect of their childhood that resurfaced during the marriage. During this realization phase, the spouses will begin to properly probe and discover the root cause of their pain. Both spouses will receive therapy collectively and individually in order to process childhood wounds in a safe and nonjudgemental space.
Additionally, CBT homework is provided to couples which allows them to reflect on their personal issues. For example, this therapist utilizes writing prompts for husbands and wives to etch out their issues within the context of writing.
In addition to my role as a marriage and family therapist, I am a Grief Specialist within the grief community. While various therapists and advocates within this field have utilized the seven stages of grief many individuals remain stuck in stage 2 (denial), denying the manner in “how” their loved one has transitioned from the earth. When working with this specific population this therapist holds space and time to allow each person to cry and shed their vulnerabilities about the passing of their loved one. This therapist provides comfort and expresses gentleness and kindness in a therapeutic manner to assist each person with their unique grief process.
Finally, if individuals, couples, and families are truly ready to heal and model forgiveness within the context of their relational dyad, please feel free to reach out to Heather Beth Duke.