Jeanene Smith MA, LPC, LMFT
As a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am often asked, "Do you see individuals, I'm not married!" The answer is YES. Marriage and Family Therapists are unique in the way they are trained, focusing on understanding a client's symptoms and interaction patterns within their relational system.
You may not be married, but you have lots of relationships between you and your family, your co-workers, your friends and the relationship with yourself, your self esteem and your self confidence. Some of those relationships may have been healthy and some of them may have not. I look for ways to help strengthen, repair or heal that will allow you to move forward productively toward the life you desire.
I work with Individuals on a client specific basis. Therapy should not be a "one size fits all" situation but something tailor made for you and what is troubling you. Some of the issues I work with in Individuals, Couples or Families are:
*Grief and Loss
When couples find themselves locked into negative patterns they seem to do the same steps over and over again despite their best efforts.
Dr. Sue Johnson refers to it as their "dance." Most of the time it does not feel like a dance, but a struggle and at times a war. I work with couples to help them learn new communication skills, renew their relationship or help them recover from infidelity or addiction.
Most of my work with families centers around putting families back on track. I work with families whose children are fully grown, but are still having problems, as well as parents of children and adolescents.
No matter how old they are, they are still our children but sometimes it is hard to strike the balance between love and structure. Many times despite our best efforts they are locked in destructive patterns.
I work with your family, whatever that picture looks like and I specialize in families with adolescence members.