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As a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, one of my greatest passions include working with couples. I am trained in both Gottman and Emotionally Focused Therapy which includes practices that focus on increasing empathy, building attachment, and restructuring faulty cognitions.
I believe couple’s work goes beyond phrases like “learning to fight fair,” teaching communication skills, and conflict management. Couple’s therapy is building deeper levels of vulnerability, connection, and friendship.
In grad school, my director informed me my role as a therapist would be to walk alongside as a guide with my client(s) as they climb a mountaintop toward their goals. I’ve added to this perspective, every person is the expert of self and I welcome the gift of opportunity to see someone’s most vulnerable self. I consider it such an honor.
With each of these practices, the majority of the progress made will be from the work done in the interim of sessions. Both practices will challenge the space between (connectivity) between you and your partner, causing each of you to re-examine what’s been the status quo and go deeper into levels that may seem uncomfortable. However, if you’ve ever had to work through something difficult, I’m sure you have experienced the benefit of being on the other side.
If you so choose, I welcome the opportunity to work alongside you and your partner. My work will be integrative, including approaches that are strength-based, empathic, collaborative, and direct, and tailored to meet your specific needs.
I look forward to the alongside work with you and your partner.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD
MFT #100082 (Expires: 2020-08-01)
I feel very fortunate to have Walanda as our counselor. It has dramatically improved our communication skills and she offers reliable support to us which is unmeasurable helping us through some difficult times. I look forward to our sessions.
Walanda works really hard to steer us into a positive and intentional conversation that gets us past the arguing and helps us to focus on the real issues behind the fights. She picked up quickly on our personalities and could "read" us easily.