About Jayne Gottschalk, M.A., LMFT
Meet Jayne Gottschalk, MA, LMFT
I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist focusing on family/relational conflict and parenting, couple’s distress, adolescent issues, life transitions and specialize in treating anxiety disorders.
My clinical experience includes several years as a staff clinician and supervisor at a community mental health agency; with experience on staff at St Vincent’s Hospital intensive outpatient facility. I hold a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Fairfield University, and am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. My “prior life” includes 12 years experience as a senior executive for several major corporations, which provides me a vast understanding of business culture and the pressures of corporate life.
I’m a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a clinical member of the CT Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m also a lifetime member of the International Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
My advanced EFT training has enhanced my relational work by focusing on the emotion in the room and seeing couples and families through an attachment lens. I have seen powerful shifts and new connectedness; closeness and intimacy develop in my couples and families when this modality is employed.
A Connecticut resident for over twelve years, I’ve been married to the same good man for many years and have two almost adult children. Being part of the “sandwich generation” I recently lost my mother to cancer and am currently caring for my aged father. I see issues through the eyes of a concerned parent, a loving but sometimes harried wife, a watchful daughter, a good neighbor and a dedicated professional who has gone through many of the same issues of daily living as my patients. I can definitely relate.
I am an advocate of love in any and all forms and happily work with LGBTQ individuals, couples and families.
My work is close, collaborative, warm, compassionate and often filled with humor. I try to find the lighter, more normative side in even the worst of situations. I bring to bear the balance and skills of a trained therapist with a keen eye to uncover and unravel the negative patterns that keep so many of us stuck in dissatisfaction.
Call me a dogged optimist but I firmly believe no matter what the issue of daily living is -- that positive change CAN happen and that change for someone stuck in a negative cycle is both necessary and good – not something to be feared but instead something to embrace. Together we can face life’s problems and determine goals and next steps to create a new pathway to satisfaction, connectedness and peace.
I’m a Certified Discernment Counselor who works with “mixed agenda couples” where one partner wants a divorce and the other does not. Traditional couples therapy does not work with these couples and this short protocol (no more than 5 sessions) provides these couples with the confidence and clarity to make a fully informed decision about their marriage.
I’m a Certified Divorce and Family Mediator who works with divorcing couples to guide them through the divorce process and ultimately resolving in a fully binding legal separation agreement. Please refer to www.divorceprofessional.com for more information regarding divorce mediation. As a family mediator I work with high conflict families experiencing troubled relationships to help them resolve the issues that keep them apart.
Jayne Gottschalk, MA, LMFT
CT FAMILY THERAPY
161 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851