As you consider therapy, know that it is normal to have questions and feel a bit nervous. Maybe you have some of these questions: What is ahead? Will it be hard? Will it be worth the work? What is the process like? What are the benefits? Is this a good fit for me?
You are an individual. You are also part of a family.
The reality that we each have our own unique life experience interacts with the reality that we are a part of a family, and are in relationship with others. Often the growth that we want to experience involves both work within the individual and work within relationships.
Marriage and Family Therapy attends to both the individual and their relationships.
Whether you choose to come to therapy as a family, a couple, or as an individual, marriage and family therapy honors the dynamic of an individual experiencing life within larger family systems. Change doesn't happen in a vacuum. Change impacts us on the inside, as well as in our relationships.
Families experience a wide variety of challenges that impact communication and the family's ability to thrive. Family counseling attends to these challenges.
The couple relationship is the most intimate of relationships, and often is the most challenging. Couples use marriage and family therapy to support their process of improving communication, strengthening emotional connectedness and working on challenging relational issues.
Often we experience a season in life that is extra challenging. Having a Marriage and Family Therapist come along side you in the journey can be an effective way to work toward your goals and move through the tough times.
Kids Count Too!
Children are important members of the family. Sometimes they experience difficult challenges. The support of therapy can be an effective way to help them with the specific issues they face.
Couples often struggle with issues tied to attachment difficulties. Individuals also experience the impact of insecure attachments. Adopted children also have specific challenges in the attachment process. Therapy can be a big support for the process of strengthening attachments.
Gifted Children and Adults
There are some common psycho-social and emotional challenges that gifted individuals experience due to their intensity and sensitivity. The process of therapy can be an effective means for developing tools to manage the challenges that often come with giftedness.
Supervision for Therapists
For developing therapists working toward licensure, Deborah Rue is a Washington State Approved Supervisor. She has completed the AAMFT Approved Supervisor training and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate.