I am a Couples and Family therapist located in Dallas Texas. I am an LGBTQ, Poly, and kink competent and affirming therapist.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX
There is a place for therapy and a place for coaching in our lives. As a therapist I utilize both of these into my work. While it is important to understand each person on a therapeutic level, exploring thoughts, feelings, and current maladaptive coping mechanisms. It is also equally important to coach people on how to change these patterns; after all isn't that why you are seeking therapy, to do things differently? As a therapist I take time to understand you and teach you a different way.
It is important for me to get to know you and your partner within your relationship. This means that I want to see what your relationship “looks like” with the dynamics, roles, and expectations. This is a really important piece for marriage counseling because it can give me a lot of information. I’m also curious to see the patterns that exist in your current relationship and how your attachment issues that developed in childhood impact how you navigate current relationship patterns.
Discernment counseling is a short-term intervention, with a maximum of 5 sessions.Unlike traditional marriage counseling, the goal is not to start to solve the problems in the relationship. Rather, to give couples more confidence in their decision making. Discernment counseling is not for couples where one of the parties has already decided that they want a divorce. In discernment counseling, the assumption is that both parties are still considering restoring the health of the marriage.
Your relationship is hanging by a thread and it is not improving no matter how hard you try. You and your partner are stuck in the same argument loop every night, and it has come to the point that arguing isn’t even worth it. All things can be improved, changed and bettered, with just a little support, no matter how big or small. With couples therapy, you’ll learn how to communicate your feelings and needs, and get what you want out of your relationship.
Even if you are seeking therapy for an issue not related to your relationship structure it is still an important part of who you are. You need a therapist that you can trust will not be judging you or automatically blame your relationship style for your struggles. A therapist who can know the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship, regardless of the style of the relationship you are involved in. You should not have to feel like you have to educate your therapist about your life.
I have spent a majority of my career not only serving the LGBTQIA community, but training other professional how to practice in a competent manner.