I am called Shae. Pleasant to become acquainted.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, I specialize in relationship-enhancement and personal growth, offering a refreshing, unique perspective to the individual, couple and family therapy experience. My counseling philosophy is mindful to be impactful. Clients are often surprised at the ease in which their story unfolds in the sharing of coming to be who they are today. I invite you to the experience of therapeutic connection, where authenticity is found, trust is established, and change is felt.
In 13 years of therapy practice, I have provided a range of mental and behavioral health care support to children and youth in-home, school, and residential treatment settings, facilitated anger-management groups, helped families transition through stages of separation to reunification, and worked with couples to reconnect and grow intimacy to fuller relationship satisfaction. Additionally, I have assisted individuals in coping specific to addiction survival, trauma recovery, depression and anxiety management.
Currently my niche therapy practice is comprised of relationship and life transition challenges including marital and premarital stress, LGBT issues, grief and loss, communication conflicts, polyamory, infidelity, divorce, parenting, self-esteem, trauma and PTSD. I utilize an integrative approach to the therapy process that has elements of coaching and may encompass aspects of Narrative Therapy, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered, Transpersonal, and Reality Therapy. The commonality among these approaches, styles and techniques of process work, is the designation for the therapist to be demonstrative in honest, open communication that is direct, firm, and attentive to the client with non-judgement, honoring the truth of the moment in a safe way.
More About Me
I believe in the self as a summation of all lived experiences; negative and positive. These include my military upbringing, my trauma, my clinical training, and my passion for being a conduit for self-help and recovery for others. As such, I relate my history of marriage and divorce as interconnectivity experiences, life-long processes, that shape, edit, and revise my understanding of self. I spend my free time enjoying the complexity of cooking, falling between the pages of my favorite books, exploring various self-care activities, caretaking of my mother, being a dedicated Marvel/DC movie attendee, and generally viewing life through windex streaked rose-tinted prescription sunglasses.