Marriage & Family Therapy
Support For Individuals, Couples, & Families
Where being different is always welcome!
Every individual is born with a unique set of instructions on the inside. Most of us are not aware of this gift. Some of us know, but are terrified to make the journey. Some of us know and refuse to make the journey. My life purpose is to support any person who chooses to make the journey. I will guide you on the path to your Essential Insight!
Couples Therapy exists to help distressed couples attempt to make significant changes in their relationship. Having worked with couples for over 35 years, I have recognized patterns that present themselves at most couples’ initial session. It is not surprising that the majority of couples I have worked with enter into the therapeutic process when they have reached the breaking point and one or both parties have left the relationship emotionally.
Family Therapy helps family members to reduce stress and conflict by improving the dynamics, communication skills and interactions between family members. The framework of family therapy differs from the structure of Individual therapy. Where individual therapy helps with issues and problems within the client, family therapy adjusts the problems or patterns within the family system.
Telehealth and Videotherapy
Essential Insight uses telehealth and videotherapy when necessary to connect with clients digitally to enhance the therapy sessions.
My Therapeutic Approach
When working with clients, I use an eclectic approach, which means that I am schooled in many theoretical orientations and have mastered an infinite number of skills. I draw from the knowledge I possess to adapt my approach to the person or people in front of me. I believe that the most important part of the therapy process is the relationship between the therapist and the client/clients. Building rapport and establishing a relationship based on acceptance, empathy, honesty, safety and trust with my clients is my first priority as the therapist. One of my innate skills is being non-judgmental. I am open to listening to any individual and not judging them. I assess behavior. I do not judge the person.
More than once, people I meet who know my career choice, have asked me how I can listen to people’s problems all day. I smile at them and tell them that is not what I do. My work is like a gardener. Together the client and I till the foundation of their life and plant the necessary seeds to help them grow in ways that increases their awareness and render them capable of facing their issues and healing themselves. I truly believe that being allowed to witness the therapeutic process unfold with my clients is an honor.
"I want you to get excited about who you are, what you are, what you have, and what can still be for you. I want to inspire you to see that you can go far beyond where you are right now."
~ Virginia Satir
"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."
~ Virginia Satir
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
"Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior."
~ Susan Forward
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