Offering Affordable Premarital Counseling customized to fit your needs in the NWA area.
Maybe you need one session or a few? Do you have a limited time frame? NWA Marriage and Family Therapy can help you customize your premarital counseling to fit your busy life style and budget.
Call NWA Marriage & Family Therapy 479-225-0055 to set your premarital counseling appointment with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
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.
“Get your facts first, ….then you can distort them as you please.”- Mark Twain
A great quote from the great social humorist and writer Mark Twain. Using a little humor and not taking yourself too seriously at times can be a very powerful self preservation strategy for your mental health.
People get stuck in their attempts to prove themselves right and their partner wrong when fighting especially in couples situations. This in the end leads to resentments and feelings of being judged, undervalued, disrespected and over all unloved.
How about hanging up the usual factual argument by refusing to engage in the familiar back and forth dance that is so familiar? Learn to manage your own frustration with a little calm humor and pick your battles wisely. Please remember If you are in an emotionally manipulative or abusive relationship most general relationship strategies, may not apply.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Individual counselor, let me know if I can help you or your couple change your usual dance.
Call me at your convenience at 479-225-0055 and leave a voice message. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
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.
“The Four Way Test” used by the Rotarian Club that I share below as a reprint of a simple four-part ethical guideline to use when exploring and making decisions in an ethical manner. Credit to Web link below.
The Four Way Test
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Good therapeutic questions to use and explore through life when communicating with your spouse, couple, friends and or family.
Call NWA Marriage and Family Therapy at 479-225-0055 for an individual marital or couples appointment for affordable licensed therapy. Thanks!
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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