As a marriage and family therapist, I believe a family’s patterns of behavior impacts the individual. So it can be beneficial to consider both the individual and the family relationships within the treatment plan. I see any or all members of the family as well as couples. Marriage and family therapy is typically brief and solution-focused, with specific achievable goals. Significant results may be seen in 12 sessions, on average.
The initial visit involves important paperwork and some background information as we begin to get to know each other. Policies and confidentiality are discussed. During the first few meetings, we will develop treatment goals and subsequent therapy will be tailored to those goals. Creation of a trusting relationship in a safe environment is key to attaining therapy goals and I will continually strive for this.
My approach is collaborative as we develop a working relationship both affirming and supportive. Theoretical orientations are fit to each client’s specific needs and goals. I utilize cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, and systems theory or an integration of several as appropriate.
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