As a clinician, I believe in creating a space that provides safety for individuals, couples, and families looking to work through difficulties they are facing. Empathy, honesty, and clarity are critical parts of the work we do together to build that strong therapeutic connection that is so important.
Being a marriage and family therapist means having the ability to find meaning in difficulties through the lens of relationships and connections in one’s life. I find that considering these perspectives can lead to a new outlook and developments in your healing process. This is a major part in my work with couples because it truly highlights the reason relational perspectives can be so productive in a therapeutic setting. This idea is similar to familial work as well because it builds new ways of trusting one another, handling communication, and understanding why certain interactions are taking place.
I prefer to maintain a direct outlook on the situations at hand to help clients define where they want to be and how to get there through realistic goals and moving forward at a reasonable pace. I tend to incorporate out-of-session work and activities to continue the growth between sessions and allow for individuals and couples to grow out of their comfort zone in practicing the changes in their daily life. I think a very important part of making progress is challenging the client, but also providing support and understanding in a safe, non-judgmental space.
I tend to utilize aspects of multiple modalities because it allows for a broader range of treatment opportunities that fit well with whatever the client is dealing with. This can include developing coping skills, setting realistic goals, creating boundaries, working on communication skills, and much more depending on the population at hand.