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Welcome to CT Family Therapy

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding all your whole life.”
--- Shannon Adler
Meet CT Family Therapist Jayne Schorn-Gottschalk
 
People come to therapy for help – generally with problems that they have tried to fix themselves in hundreds of different ways. But for some reason they cannot seem to make a change. They are frustrated and exhausted and sometimes feel hopeless and lost.

For many coming to therapy is a cathartic experience, a way of venting and letting it all out – it feels good to not have to hide – to be your true self. Some are initially embarrassed – but they lose that pretty quickly and become invested in the process.

My “method” of therapy is eclectic and collaborative. Some therapists cling to a model and use it exclusively. Not me. My way is more about matching my method and model to the particular client in the particular situation. I have been formally trained as a structural/strategic family therapist but I ascribe to solution focused therapy. I have advanced training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) a modality that has been demonstrated to help 70% of couples in distress. There are times that I use lots of mindfulness techniques, positivity and focus on client self-care. Sometimes I’ll use one technique. At other times I’ll use them all, and more. The point is: I use what generates change

My focus is on improving my patients’ presenting problems. My goal is to see change and forward movement. I don’t want to sit with my patients for the next decade talking about the same things again and again, and I don’t think they want that either. They want to feel better!
 
Beginning the Work Together
 
When we start working together, I want to get you in and fully hear your story. I want to understand your problem; understand your triggers; understand what spurs your behaviors. Whether the therapy is for an individual, a couple or a family, I want to understand where they are stuck and why they are stuck and then slowly make behavioral changes that generate real results. The happiest day for me is when my patients discharge a more stable, brighter, happier and healthier individual, couple or family. There isn’t a better feeling in the world!

Some patients go slow and stay with me a long time…and that’s okay too. Sometimes that is the therapy: support, and listening -- the ability to be fully heard by someone. Everyone needs someone to talk to. In these situations we establish goals to measure our progress and as long as we are moving forward and gaining insight we are progressing.

The major point is that we engage in therapy together. You are not alone. It’s the ultimate collaborative process. So if you want to make a change or changes in your life, you have come to the right place – just be prepared to do the work. I am only a guide in the process – someone who will listen, point out dysfunctional patterns, suggest behavioral changes, create goals and hold you accountable. But it’s YOU who will actually make the change.
“The happiest day for me is when my patients discharge a more stable, brighter, happier and healthier individual, couple or family. There isn’t a better feeling in the world!”
 
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Jayne Schorn-Gottschalk is verified by Psychology Today.

Jayne Schorn-Gottschalk is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor.
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