Celebrate your relationship. I take some effort some times to work out the glitches. and endure the ups and downs. if you are needing any type of relationship help, in dating, live in situation, premarital, civil union, or marriage support please call Northwest Arkansas Marriage and Family Therapy at 479-225-0055, leave a voice mail and I will return your call. Thank you.
Happy New Year’s 2019. Reflecting on 2018 I was thinking some times it is good to take a look back to remember those folks who lived and came before us. Way before us. We are here because they survived and had the strength to carry on even in very difficult circumstances, often facing situations that in their time seemed impossible to overcome or endure. We as people, are stronger and more resilient than we believe to face our situations.
Please call NWA Marriage & Family Therapy @ 479-225-0055 to set an appointment for couples or individual counseling, at your convenience. If you need my services, in Fayetteville, Bella Vista, or Ft. Smith.please leave a voice message and I will call back.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy 2019 New Year’s to all as we head forward.
Counseling, Therapy in the age of AI – Erica
Watching this you tube video of Erica an AI android, was eye opening as far as the speed at which AI is progressing and developing as a technology. These “machines” at first seemed clumsy and slow. Now they seem realistic and life like, with a better command of language and a good sense of humor, complete with facial gestures. Now Erica has her own face book account, and channel. Soon, I think humans will have the option as far as doing therapy with AI versus a human being. The military is already experimenting with AI’s for therapy. It is an interesting choice.
The dilemma is research on counseling for the last forty years shows that its not about techniques or theories used by the therapists that determine outcomes of clients,, but the relationship developed with your clients in session that helps them heal. Will AI’s be able to mimic this situation? Will the create new ways to do therapy?
Basically, what makes us fundamentally human is how we connect with each other, and share our experience, with others. These interactions are all part of that human experience, hat helps us heal., and connects us to each other.
We are watching how the AI phenomenon is developing at great speed and with surprisingly little social discourse. You tube clip, stated that one AI received citizenship and that we needed to make space for new entities,, not human, not machine. The android needed its own space and place. Wondering how this will all play out ? Any way thought I would share this clip today about Erica. Still want to talk with a human being?
NWA Marriage and Family Therapy
I am a licensed Counselor and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist available for individual or relationship therapy., Call for an appointment at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message. Evening and week end hours are available, serving the North West Arkansas (NWA )area.
Don’t wait till weeks before your marriage to plan your premarital counseling. Knowing your partner well before marriage gives you assurances that the commitment and expectations are right for both of you. Couples spend so much time preparing the ceremony and all that surrounds it, that sometimes this important aspect may be lost.
Pre-Marital Counseling benefits are many:
Learning to talk more effectively to each other, fighting in a more fair manner, discussing your expectations and wishes, exploring financial issues, and anything that the couple might be avoiding that is a “hot topic” subject. When one marries another person often times the families have a bigger influence than the couple had previously thought. Also there can be other issues as well.
I offer premarital session for couples that are tailor fit with focus on your needs. I think that it’s good to have a positive experience with a Marriage and Family Therapists, so you
can know that you have the resources to support you in the long run. I see so many couples use coming to couples therapy as a threat to their partner in the middle of a fight. Marriage and Family Therapy can be proactive, healthy and an over all smart move for your couple from the start.
I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) offering premarital counseling in the
NWA area as well as in Ft. Smith. Call me direct at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message if you would like to discuss your own situation.
Finding Support for Self Improvement in a therapeutic environment is important.
How is support created in therapy? Many times clients want to come in for one visit to make a variety of changes, often all at one time. Self improvement happens at your own pace. It’s usually best in small steps over the course of your life time.
A variety of self empowering skill sets can be developed over s few sessions. These skills will later be practiced one your own with a continued focus on self improvement. Having a good ongoing relationship with a therapist can pave the way to self sufficiency. An occasional visit with some one who can support you can make your journey easier.
Support can come from many places, people, or even ideas and values. Uncover who or what supports your integrity and authenticity, One of my basic therapeutic goals is to self empower you. Helping you to find a better way to support yourself emotionally as well as to enhance yourself to be your very best at this moment.
Call 479-225-0055 for a counseling appointment if you want help to self empower. NWA Marriage & Family Therapy is serving the Northwest Arkansas area and Ft. Smith. Start transforming and self empowering your life.
Here is wishing every one a Happy Valentine’s Day. A wonderful day to remember to celebrate love in all its many forms, be it passionate, romantic, friendship, or all of the above. Sometimes it can be the mix that we create. After all they say, love is blind.
Want to explore your new romance? Confused as to a dating or an engagement situation? Maybe a bad past relationship experience is keeping you more closed off than you wish to be, or keeping you from beginning in a new relationship?
Sometimes getting prepared for a new relationship takes some work before it even begins. A counseling session is a great Valentine’s Day gift for your self or your sweetie.
Give me a call at your convenience 479-225-0055 and please leave a voice message.
A great Holiday gift idea. So many times around the Holidays I hear clients say their work on their relationship or themselves needs to wait, till after they pay off their holiday bills. That is understandable, I say.
However, I began to think of what material possession might be more important than your relationship with your loved one? Clothes? Jewelry? Cell phone? Well maybe a cell phone. All joking aside, really what material thing can you buy that can supersede having an authentic relationship. A relationship that you can feel really good about? I was hard pressed to come up with any answer, and you?
Unique Holiday Gift Idea
What about this year giving a few sessions of couples therapy as a unique or unusual gift? Couples therapy as a holiday gift for both of you, is a novel, unique and probably a truly unexpected holiday gift.
It might be a great way to initiate that first visit, that for some couples may be difficult. Do not wait for a catastrophe to get you through the door.
Your partner might be more likely to want to go for a session or two when it was given as a gift. It might just be an interesting experience for both of you that breaks the ice of any stigma or preconceived ideas about what couples therapy is, in fun way.
A couples session a great Holiday gift idea. Happy Holidays to all my past, present and future clients.
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Welcome to the age of Google and information. I see more clients more confused now about their situations with all the information they research or read in an attempt to apply everything to themselves, in hopes of a quick resolve. Information sometimes applied correctly and successfully and sometimes applied very inaccurately and excessively with unexpected consequences, or not with the desired results
Younger folks are much more willing to rely and use the internet to self diagnose or treat others. If its accurate and effective, you might save some money but since the biggest predictor of any one getting better is the relationship a client forms with their therapists, all the information in the world can not substitute face to face sessions with a professional. As well as not all therapists follow the medical model, even thought all insurance companies do, and that is the bulk of what most people find.
Even experts in the mental health field can disagree as to the how’s and why’s of diagnostics and therapy or of the various mental health issues, which are in a constant state of change and advancement as they are approached from many view points and with new advancements in the filed.
Often times clients self diagnose or diagnose others in their family with various personality disorders without ever having gone to see any one in the mental health field. Google has made their decision for them. Everything can sound so similar too, clients tell me. Sometimes finding issues they did not know were even issuesSo you may consider trusting the face to face process of using a therapists in real time, hanging in there and seeing what happens, rather than amass information that leads to many clients to feel less than or more anxious.
Counseling and mental health therapy in one form or another, through various healers has been around since ancient times, even before the mental health field developed to what it is today.
Even thought face to face therapy is still considered the gold standard, its good to know that other options now exists.
Call 479-225-0055 to set an appointment for therapy in NWA.
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NWA Marriage & Family Therapy
Below are links to find my services and other free and useful counseling information. Marriage therapy, couples counseling and individual clinical counseling provided in the NWA area and Ft. Smith in a private practice setting. I have an affordable sliding scale fee for a 60 minute session, depending on your income.
I am a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. see https://aamft.org
I can be found on their www.therapylocator.com listing.
My private practice is going on its seventh year in business serving a variety of clients from all walks of life. I have offices in various locations and it is sometimes hard to get google maps to cooperate with a business that has more than one location. In addition to Fayetteville Arkansas, I also serve Bella Vista as well as the Ft. Smith area
You can also find my verified services listed as well as other valuable counseling information on Psychology Today. See…
My services are also listed at Goodtherapy.org
Any of the above web site links might help you in finding a face to face therapist and are good sources for free information as to counseling or therapy in general.
Calling the office at 479-225-0055 NWA Marriage & Family Therapy and leaving a voice message is the best way to reach me to make an appointment or simply answer any questions you may have.
Isn’t it interesting how so many new relationships are made around Valentines Day? When this day of love and romance comes up, that pending questions will we be celebrating it together with this new person in our life comes up? Does this relationship mean the same to each of us? That thrill or surprise to know that some one is interested in you and you in them can feel great? Valentines Day can often be a day of thrill and surprises, and for other’s it can also be a day of closings and endings.
It is interesting to see how love can be in the air when we as a society and as an individual make set our focus on paying attention and doting on another person by sharing our feelings of love in so many special ways. Alternately if you have been in a long term relationship or marriage, could your relationship benefit with a little more intimacy or fun?
This month of Valentine’s I am offering enrichment sessions for couples that feel they are doing well and are stable who might want to share and explore greater intimacy together as a part of their ongoing commitment. Give the gift of an enrichment session a great unique Valentine’s Day Gift. Please call and ask for an appointment at your convenience, Saturdays are available for sessions as well.
Make every day Valentine’s Day by focusing on the love that you have in your life, that many come in many forms and that we so often take for granted. Remind yourself every day to be thankful.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all.
If you wish to contact me, please call my office telephone 479-225-0055, & leave a message. Thanks