LaVerne Kalafor

(EdS, LCSW, CCHt)

About Me

My 38 years of experience working with families and children/adolescents as a School Social Worker and School Psychologist, adjunct professor and private therapist has afforded much knowledge and understanding of the challenges of couples supporting the needs of a family today. Using a humanistic approach of positive regard for individuals within a relationship, I have found that at the heart of most conflict with couples is lack of communication. When couples decide to enter therapy, they have a shared responsibility to not make their situation worse and maintain a mutual desire for improvement. As an experienced therapist, I believe listening in a non-judgmental and understanding way is of utmost importance. In couples therapy, I provide a non-threatening and respectful environment that fosters healthy communication skills. I believe you need to be able to talk and act so one feels safe and comfortable expressing concerns, feelings, needs and desires. Couples often find themselves involved in win-lose tug-of-war situations where they get "stuck" and build up walls. Attempts to defeat your partner is just self-defeating. Communicating openly and truthfully will help build trust and intimacy and clarify important interpersonal boundaries and needs. I seek to support mutually satisfying resolutions to conflicts, find ways for couples to accept change for win-win solutions through compromise and honest agreement. I want to help you learn to adopt a mindful stance towards your partner, use effective communication to express yourself without losing control of your emotions, and work towards mutual goals. It will lead to a better life for everyone involved.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 38

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW11640 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with LaVerne for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Understanding, patient, caring expert - these are the words to describe LaVerne. I also feel she has tools relevant to each stage for us. I feel comfortable doing this counselling and it matters.