I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my clients that I have had the privilege to counsel for the last 8 years. You have enriched my life with your unique stories and you have let me in to very private and personal parts of your lives. I also want to thank you for trusting me with referring me to your friends and colleagues. I appreciate your confidence in my abilities to counsel.
October of 2015, I took level 1 training in Gottman Couple’s Therapy in San Francisco. I was very impressed with their 30 years of research, evidence based therapy. They are well known all over the world for their work with couples. In October of 2016, I attended another one of their trainings in Seattle for affairs and PTSD related to affairs. A lot of my couples that I counsel, unfortunately, deal with that pain. I was able to learn some interventions that help rebuild trust and restore the relationship in 3 steps; 1) Attonement, 2) Attunement, and 3) Attachment.
In January of this year, I attended level 2 training and again learned some interventions for therapy. One of the tools that John and Julie Gottman use for couples, is an assessment of their relationship. The couple takes the assessment, separately, online and the results are sent to me. It shows the strong and weak areas in different levels of their relationship. They call it “The Relationship House”. The interventions, that are needed, are introduced in therapy to strengthen the weak areas. I have found it to be very affective.
I am scheduled to take level 3 training this coming September and after that I can apply to become a Certified Gottman Therapist. They evaluate videos, couples have given me permission to film, doing the different interventions. They are very thorough in making sure therapist are qualified to become certified.
I have also hired a company to help me become more visible on the internet. As you probably know, Google has certain requirements before they will move you up in the rankings of searches. One of the things they look at is my reviews, which does not work well for therapist because of confidentiality. If you are so inclined and you do not mind giving your name, reviews are appreciated on Google.
I am also available for online counseling for clients in California that want to do private pay.
The main reason I am writing this blog, is to give you an update and to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life in whatever capacity you have needed me. I want to be there when needed.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or you would like to come in for a tune up. Your referrals are very much appreciated.
I hope this finds you well and I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Vickie Parker, LMFT