A Strengths-Based Approach
Whether you are meeting with me an individual, a couple or a family, my approach is strengths-based, which means we don’t just talk about problems. We are also deliberate about identifying what’s going right for you and seeing the ways your unique strengths and resources have already helped you to succeed so that we can build on that success and transfer it to other areas of your life.
Some prospective clients wonder about how individual, couples, and family therapy are different experiences, apart from who is participating in the process. You may wonder, do marriage and family therapists provide individual therapy? In a word: Yes! Being a marriage and family therapist means that I seek to help and understand my clients in context. We are all part of a network of relationships in our lives, in our families, communities, and culture. So though individual therapy is focused on helping a client meet his or her own particular goals, developing an understanding of the significant relationships in your life and how they have impacted you can be very relevant to the process.
What all of these types of therapy offer is an opportunity to develop a counseling relationship with someone you trust in a safe place where you can freely share what’s on your heart and mind without fear of judgment.
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