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What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and Famly Therapists (MFT) are systemic thinkers which means that we look at the whole person.  Looking at the whole person requires inquiry into various aspects of a person's life (work, friendships, intimate relationships, living situation etc).   It is good to anticipate being asked about aspects of your life that may not seem to directly relate to the problem or issue you bring to therapy.    

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Welcome to Your Therapeutic Journey

The Therapeutic Process

The therapy process primary goal is to help produce change in your life and/or the social world for the better which can take place in one session or over the course of one-hundred or more sessions.  The duration of treatment depends mostly on you (the client), the presenting issue(s) and your level of commitment to the process.   In addition,  good therapy acts like a ripple in a pond; spreading concurrently throughout many other facets of your life which takes time and is a process with many ebbs and flows.  Therefore, It is not uncommon to venture into areas in your (and/or your families life) that was not your initial concerns for coming to therapy.   In fact, it is more typical for primary concerns to change due to an increased understanding of the problem..  Your needs and the areas of your life that will produce the most positive change throughout your life longterm are the priority, which greatly influences and determines the direction and duration of therapy.   


The therapeutic process consists of a beginning (initial phase), middle (working phase) and an end (closing phase) which is captured within a treatment plan.   A treatment plan is a document outlining a plan/map for therapy that you is co-created between you and your therapist.  Knowing and including community resources and acquiring general information on relevant topics is an important part of treatment planning.  The beginning mostly consists of building the therapeutic relationship, identifying the problems and goals of therapy as well as identifying relevant individuals to include or utilize in the therapy process.  For example, a mother or sibling may attend a session in order for emotional support or information gathering to help inform the therapeutic process.  The beginning stage also seeks to decrease any current crises and reduce some symptomology or stress that you are experiencing.   The middle process is working through the presenting issue(s) through established goals, measuring progress, completing homework assignments and maximizing progress as much as possible.   The middle stage is crucial in the sense that your ability to understand, synthesize, apply and practice concepts and behaviors learned in therapy highly influences the progression of therapy.  The end or termination is solidifying achievements in therapy that will help sustain change long term.  


American Association of Mariage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics

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​Success in Therapy

Therapy is most rewarding and successful when your level of comfort and trust in the therapist is high (which is determined by goodness-of-fit) as well as having open and honest communication between both therapist and client.  Attending session regularly is a crucial component to successful therapy which helps to build rapport, comfort and good communication.  The responsibility of the therapist is captured in the therapeutic principles; autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, fidelity, and veracity (truthfulness).  It is also the therapist job to provide structure to the therapeutic process meaning setting the expectation for weekly sessions, terminating treatment when a client does not attend therapy regularly or significantly compromise or threaten the integrity of therapy.  For the client, some important practices and mindsets are communicated in this therapy assessment.   Lastly, It is strongly recommended that you purchase a journal (if you do not have one already) in order to keep track of important ideas, concepts, homework assignments and topics of discussion that occur in therapy. 

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Structure of Sessions

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long which is also considered the clinical hour.  At the beginning of each session, clients will complete a survey that lets me,  your therapist, know how you have been doing in important areas of your life within the last week.  Some time will be spent on the answers you provide in order to support you in what ways are needed.  Thereafter, session typical starts with setting the agenda for what is to be discussed along with a recap of the last session.  This is a good time to bring up points of concern or progress made.   Roughly, half of the remaining time is spent on logistics (treatment and/or safety planning, tasks agreed to be completed from the last session such making doctors appointment,  scheduling, assessments etc) and the other half spent on Talk Therapy.  A final brief survey is given for you to provide feedback to me, your therapist, about your experience in session.        


Visual Outline

10min: Survey and Recap

10-15min: Logistics

25-30min: Talk Therapy

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Homework

Homework is a key component to therapy.   Homework is activities assigned to you between sessions in order to help you progress through therapy.   Homework is a time for you to practice what you have either learned in therapy or further explore aspects of your life that will increase your self-awareness, self-insight and further inform your therapist about who you are as a person.  1-2 hours a week outside of therapy is a good amount of time to dedicate to homework.  Some homework assignments, as well as other common therapeutic activities, are located below. 


Homework

Homework is a key component to therapy. Homework is activities assigned to you between sessions in order to help you progress through therapy. Homework is a time for you to practice what you have either learned in therapy or further explore aspects of your life that will increase your self-awareness, self-insight and further inform your therapist about who you are as a person. 1-2 hours a week outside of therapy is a good amount of time to dedicate to homework. Some homework assignments, as well as other common therapeutic activities, are located below. 

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Therapeutic Approach

I am a trauma, attachment, structural and strategic focused therapist that is multicultural informed.   I seek to understand the role trauma has played in your life and how it has affected your development in both positive and negative ways.  I understand the importance of having a healthy attachment (positive, warm and accepting relationship) in and outside of therapy.   Therefore, I practice being genuine, curious, open-minded and emotionally regulated in hopes to help you foster such relationships outside of therapy.  I am very structured meaning that I strongly encourage and is constantly assessing and promoting living a balanced and healthy lifestyle with adequate self-care, functioning well in activities of daily living and maintaining healthy boundaries across a variety of situations and relationships.  I am strategic which means that I recognize that the way in which boundaries are set, negotiated and communicated is an art and a skill.  Being a structural and strategic therapist also means that I am directive and action-orientated.   I also have a multicultural and social justice focus meaning that I am sensitive and intentional in understanding my client's cultural background particularly in the areas of power and privilege.   Below is a list of therapies that I am either specifically trained and/or strongly adhere to.  Mental Research Institute (MRI) approach, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the Client-Centered Approach.

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Significant Quotes for Thought

"Humans are not disturbed simply by our experiences; rather we bring our ability to disturb ourselves to our experiences"  

                                                                                                                                         - Alber Ellis & Windy Dryden (REBT)


"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to

notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. 

                                                                                                  - R. D. Laing


"According to systems theory, it makes no sense to analyze a person independently because...each member 

of a family is in relation to the other and each affects and is affected by the other person."  In other words, I know who I am because of

who I am with you.

                                                                                                                                       - Dorothy and Raphael Becvar    

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Evidence of Quality Service

Data was collected from clients for 8 months, between mid-July 2018 and February 2019, on their experience in therapy through a survey called the Session Experience Scale (SES), which are questions 1 -through 4 above. Clients were also asked their likelihood of referring someone to B.P.R. Services, which is question #5 above. N above represents the number of times each question was answered. Question 1 through 4 was answered on a scale ranging from 1 - 10 with 1 = disagree and 10 = agree. Question #5, the likelihood of referring someone to B.P.R. Services, was answered on a Likert scale; 1 = very likely, 2 = likely, 3 = neutral, 4 = unlikely, and 5 = not very likely. As you can see in the mean (average) column, clients reported very high scores in all categories.

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"You're a pretty chill dude.   

Benny Fitz

Director of High Fives, Apple

"Bryan passed my expectations with flying colors. My family and I still remark to each other how grateful we are to have the skills and knowledge that Bryan imparted to us."

Bryan P. Range

Owner

"Wonderful and outstanding therapist."

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Chief Ranch Dressing Advisor

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