Amy Tielemans and Associates
Marriage & Family Therapists
Marriage and family therapists (commonly referred to as MFT’s or family therapists) are mental health professionals with a minimum of a master’s degree and two-years supervised clinical experience, specifically trained to treat individuals, couples and families. MFT’s are trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Marriage and family therapy is recognized as one of the five core mental health disciplines along with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurse practitioners and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context.
MFTs treat individuals, couples, families and groups. Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, MFT’s focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment, treating each client, using this systemic approach.
MFT’s are also specifically trained to provide relationship education and enrichment, parenting skills training and pre-marital education and counseling.
Most mental health professionals and their clients recognize the necessity of treating mental and emotional problems within the context of the family system. Couple, and family therapy is a preferred method of treatment for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, alcoholism, marital problems, child problems, couple enrichment, and schizophrenia, to name a few.
Here is some research documenting the benefits of marriage and family therapy.
MFTs use a systemic approach to therapy. We believe that we are part of many different relationships in our lives: couples, family, school, social, community, work, church, etc. These relationships do not exist independently, they are interconnected, and each can impact our psychological and emotional health.
For example, a parent has a bad day at work and comes home and yells at their child for something minor, or a child is bullied and school and snaps at a sibling. A bad day at the office for a parent and a bad day at school for a teenager can have devasting effects on the mental health for both short and long-term relationships with one another and those around them.
A more complex system may be multi-generational: How might un-met needs from childhood affect a marriage or parenting? Whether therapy involves an individual, couple or family, we see each person in the unique relationships and circumstances they operate in each day. We believe that when one member of the family is suffering, it impacts the whole family.
Meet our team
Professional Counselor & Art Therapist
Creativity and compassion have always been driving forces in my life. I am overjoyed to have a career in which I can support people and grow my knowledge and understanding of the world. I work with children and adolescents to help them identify, understand, and regulate their own feelings, emotions, and behavior.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
My personal and professional experience has taught me that relationships, with ourselves and others, are central to our lives and well-being. It has also taught me that anyone can encounter life events that strain their ability to cope as usual, and require new or additional tools, or a change in perspective, to manage successfully.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I have been practicing individual, couple and family therapy for over 15 years and I am an AAMFT approved supervisor. I employ a variety of methods to help people reach their goals and make sure that the methods I choose fit the person or people I am working with. My style of therapy is highly collaborative.
Located in a residential setting, our office offers a relaxed atmosphere and confidentiality.