Who We are
Holistic Therapy Modalities
Emotionally Focused Therapy
PHD · LPC · LMHC · NCC · ACS
If you are reading this what you really want to know is:
Do I really know what I’m doing?
Am I any good?
It was ironic because it’s not at all how I work with my clients or how I am in the world. I’m warm and probably too friendly. As you read this you’ll get an idea of who I am and if we’ll work well together, not just list the things I’ve done (though you can click here for that information).
I consider being a therapist an absolute privilege. My story of becoming a therapist began with my own personal development journey, so I am aware how special and important my role is.
I AM NOT THE SMILE AND NOD THERAPIST.
I roll up my sleeves and jump in the deep end with you. I know you are the expert on you, but I have a great BS detector. I’ll call you on your stuff. I will laugh with you. I will cry with you and I will bring everything I have learned and experienced to our time together.
This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve worked with thousands of clients. After twenty five years in this field I’m unshockable. I’m not afraid to talk about anything you need to talk about. Sex? Money? Long held secrets? Let’s get it all out; there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
And to answer the very first question: Yes, I do know what I’m doing. I am continually learning and improving so I can be the expert you need.
I may not always get it right. I definitely make mistakes and when I do I am very transparent and in the moment with my clients. In fact, my clients teach me extraordinary lessons everyday about being human. So to answer those first two questions…
I love what I do, and yes, I am good at it.
PhD · MDiv · Col (USAF, Ret.) · APR
YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD ABOUT WORK-LIFE BALANCE BUT NOT TOO MUCH ABOUT HOW TO ACTUALLY HAVE IT WITH A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP.
I can help you with that.
I want you to genuinely value and enjoy your time in therapy. This experience is about you.
Life is messy. At times it can feel lonely. As a therapist, my role is to help you feel not alone. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of an individual’s journey towards mental wellness. It takes true courage to face life’s challenges and share them with a complete stranger. I feel honored to work with every client that walks through my door. Through my authenticity, compassion, honesty, and humor I create a safe space for you to just be you.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I work with clients who have a strong desire to understand, explore and face their personal issues and relationship difficulties. Whether just starting, or at some other stage of therapy, most of my clients have issues and concerns related to trauma and PTSD and the damage done over the course of many years, including; chronic shame, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, grief, anger, emotional pain and unhappiness. When our work together is completed, you will have resolution and a new perspective to the issues and concerns that bother you.
Certified Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. Many of us have been affected by addiction, either personally, through our children, in close family or intimate relationships. Addiction is a family disease and the tentacles of its destruction can often leave us perplexed, exhausted or in despair. I have over 10 years of experience in the conceptual and practical application of the disease and recovery model of addiction. With mindfulness, self-discovery and the experience, strength and hope only gained through personal experience you do not have to go it alone, I can help!
Elizabeth "Liz" Polinsky
Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Intern
If you need courage to walk through life’s challenges, I can help.
I believe that no one should face their struggle alone. I enter the room in a warm, honest, supportive, and direct way. I won’t be a distant therapist; I get up close and personal with whatever is going on. I excel at creating safety and comfort in my office so you can take risks, learn about yourself and your loved ones, and grow. You will get the benefit of my whole being—my years of training, laser focus on the issues, as well as my deep empathy and understanding. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will be thoughtful, creative and work to help you build a life you find worth living. I will walk alongside you through your journey; I will help you not feel alone.
As a Marriage and Family therapist with over 15 years of experience, I specialize in counseling both individuals and couples working through the fallout an affair. I understand the deep wounds that hold unspeakable pain, the wound that reverberates through every cell in your body and every sphere of your life. I get the disorienting emotions, and the struggle to manage the triggers, feelings and racing thoughts through the day. Sometimes the smallest remark causes an avalanche of emotions…
Allow me to come alongside as you unravel the layers of injury and process the pain of having experienced a tear in the fiber of your most sacred bond. Come gather the tools necessary to embark on the path towards healing and recovery.
I also have extensive experience in working with families and individuals effected by chronic medical, mental health and developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is mired in the daily tasks of caring for a loved one with a chronic condition or are you facing the sobering consequences of a recent or lifelong diagnosis, I can help.
Reverend Dr. Steven R. Gupton
Lynne Rifkin Shine
Waldo is a 10-year-old Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever, part poodle and part baked potato), who is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and a certified Therapy Dog though Therapy Dogs International. He takes his job very seriously and when he is not in the office you can find him chasing squirrels.
Why is there a dog in the office? Find out here.