I assist individuals/couples toward establishing healthy relationships, including guiding them through grieving lost/passed relationships.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Prior Lake, MN
Supervised by Shonda Craft, LMFT, PhD
Attachment is important, not only throughout childhood, but in adulthood as well. It can influence how we connect in our adult relationships (in particular, our partnerships) and how we experience and process grief. Through a particular theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I guide my couples through identifying and effectively communicating underlining emotions contributing to problematic interactions with their partner.
We can all experience anxiety to a certain degree throughout our lifetime. In some instances it is mild and manageable and in others, it feels overbearing, persistent and interferes with our daily functioning. When anxiety is experienced to this degree, it may be worth seeking help; allowing you to explore and identify the root cause to anxiety, as well as obtain strategies/skills to effectively manage and reduce symptoms.
Grief is a challenging, heavy, and scary thing to live through. It is often described as a lonely and isolating experience; leaving many clients feeling stuck and unable to move forward. Whether you are working through a physical loss of a loved one or ambiguous loss, no one should have to endure this journey alone. As a member of ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling), along with other resources, I am equipped to guide clients through this difficult experience.
Anxiety is common! We all experience anxiety to some degree. It can be mild (showing up periodically as a natural response to various life stressors) or more severe (persistently interfering with our day-to-day living). Regardless of its severity, we all benefit from learning skills/strategies to effectively challenge and navigating anxiety. Through various trainings, I have obtained (and even implement myself from time-to-time) those skills/strategies to provide to clients.
Attachment is a look into how we connected with our primary caregivers throughout our childhood. Various theories (such as EFT *see Treatment Orientations*) extend this work into identifying how our connection with our caregivers impact health of adult relationships. I guide clients through repairing, building, and maintaining healthy relationships with skills from the EFT theory, working through an attachment lens, and attuning to my clients' experiences.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an attachment based theory. It's designed to guide couples through gaining the ability to effectively communicate their emotions and unmet needs to their partner. I have engaged in trainings and have access to multiple resources to effectively implement EFT with both couples and individuals. I am currently working towards completing the process to become a fully certified EFT therapist.
I am certified to administer and guide clients through Prepare/Enrich; a well known assessment allowing couples to identify their strengths and weakness within their relationship. Dependent on the outcomes of the assessment, clients and I establish various therapy goals and engage in appropriate exercises to achieve these goals.