My Approach to Helping
If there is one thing I wish you would take away from an encounter with me, it would be that you are precious and valuable--that's why I call my approach 'Treasure Therapy.' You have inherent dignity and value. My passion is 'engaging in deeper encounters that lead people to hope, worth, meaning and healing.' I am passionate about whole-person healing, involving all parts of yourself. Please join me in your journey to discover the rich treasures inside of you.
When it comes to your most important relationships, you need someone with experience. I am a licensed (clinical) marriage and family therapist in California (LMFT 111604) and Maryland (LCMFT, #LCM754). While there are many good associates out there, I have a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have been counseling individuals, couples, families and groups since 2007 and have accrued over 3,000 hours of experience under a qualified supervisor. I am now approved by Maryland to offer supervision to other therapists in training, and I'm also working towards becoming an AAMFT-endorsed supervisor and certifying as a sex therapist.
Outside of doing therapy, I am also an assistant professor of counseling at a small university. I have been happily married for over a decade and a proud father of an energetic toddler! As a parent myself, I know how important it is to find someone who has lived experience with juggling the demands of marriage, work, and raising children.
While I use an evidence-based approach to therapy, I offer you the option of integrating faith and spirituality as part of your overall care, since I am a former pastor. However, I work with anyone regardless of your faith tradition or your life choices and will work with you using your beliefs.
More Info About My Practice
HigherChange seeks to create a “higher change” in your life by providing whole-person counseling for individuals, couples, and families. This means that we care about all aspects of your wellness, in the context of your relationships.
HigherChange was founded by Dr. Thomas Luttrell, licensed marriage and family therapist, and his wife, Hannah, to serve the people of Maryland, California and Singapore. The founders are followers of Jesus Christ, whose life was spent sharing healing love to everyone He met. As such, HigherChange serves people of all faiths or non-faith persuasion. HigherChange accepts people where they are, and welcomes those who hold different beliefs or lifestyles without imposing any. Life and therapy can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time, and we look forward to joining together with you in this journey towards HigherChange.
* For those on a limited income and who do not have insurance, we offer a sliding scale that compares your family income with U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines.
* For individuals, weekly appointments for individuals last 45-50 minutes (one 'therapy hour'), for a standard financial investment of $160 (unless you are using a sliding scale). Because our first "intake" appointment lasts 75-80 minutes (one and a half 'therapy hours'), the first session is $265.
* For family therapy involving a parent relationship, sessions last 45 minutes for an investment of $170.
* For couples therapy, we require a minimum of 90-100 minutes (two 'therapy hours') for each session to ensure that you have adequate time for both partners to talk and cover enough ground for you to accomplish your goals. For couples, your financial investment is $170 per 45 minutes, or $340.
It's important to weigh all of your alternatives. However, consider your relationships to be your most important investments, and you want the best experience.