The WHO is YOU and YOUR MARRIAGE!
First of all, congratulations for just being here! Seeking marriage counseling and looking for a marriage counselor is a big deal. Research says that couples usually wait at least 6 years AFTER noticing significant problems before seeking help. So you are already well on your way to improving your relationship.
If you're here, we are going to make a few assumptions:
1. You are looking for answers...you want someone who knows what they are doing and who will tell you the truth.
2. You are willing to "do what it takes" to save your relationship and make it better.
3. You've had any of the following thoughts:
4. You want to have a great marriage not just survive it.
5. You like us. You might not know us, but you probably already know if you like us or not. You should probably like us especially since we are going to work on your most important relationship together.
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
Here's the WHY behind the WHAT.
We believe in you. We believe that you and your relationship CAN change. We believe in the value and sanctity of your marriage. We are convinced that marriage is more than merely a "contract" or "piece of paper." We also believe that healthy marriages are the not only the foundation for healthy lives but healthy families.
We are definitively PRO-MARRIAGE, meaning we want you to win at marriage so you don't have to worry we won't be suggesting divorce no matter how bad things look right now. Why? Well, for starters, that simply isn't our place. Ultimately what happens with your marriage will be your decision and the result of the choices you make. However, in our opinion just because things may seem hopeless at this moment and you may be deeply unsatisfied with your relationship, it doesn't mean that it should end. In fact we have research and experience with couples that says otherwise! (Check out this study.)
We are committed to not take either parties' side but rather stand on the side of your marriage and fight for it.
Now just to be clear, by 'saving a marriage' we do not mean simply keeping two people physically together where one or both spouses are miserable. We call ourselves "Thrive at Home" because we believe that spouses can discover renewed purpose, connection, value and joy together, allowing them to turn the page and begin to write a different ending to their marriage story, filled with new and exciting chapters. We know that as counselors we can't "fix" the problem for you. We also know that not every relationship will make it. But for those who are willing to try...we can set the stage for a MARRIAGE COMEBACK!
If you weren't happy with yesterday,
try something different today. Don't stay stuck. Do better.
Here's the long story short.
We've been doing this awhile.
We are confident we can help
And WE LOVE what we do!
BUT it's not about us.
We want to see YOU and YOUR MARRIAGE succeed!
Strengths: Deliberator, Analytical, Context,
Adaptability and Harmony
Kerri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (LMFT41949). Kerri graduated from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA with her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kerri started in private practice in 2005 and then left to be a full-time mom in 2010. During her time away she volunteered by leading therapy groups for GenerateHope an awesome organization that rehabilitates victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery. Kerri specializes in working with couples, helping them to rebuild trust and rediscover the connection in their marriage. Kerri has completed Level 1, 2, & 3 in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.
Strengths: WOO, Activator, Communication,
Maximizer and Positivity
Sam is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (LMFT37887). Sam graduated from Western Seminary in Los Gatos, CA with his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has been working in private practice doing counseling for 16 years. Sam spent 2 1/2 years training and supervising therapists for the Fleet and Family Support Counseling Center for the Navy at Naval Base San Diego and then served as a Family Advocacy Clinician for the Marine Corps at MCAS Miramar for 2 1/2 years. He became the "go to" referral for marriage counseling by his peers. Sam has completed Level 1, 2 &3 of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.
Andreina is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (IMF95668). Andreina graduated from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA with her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Andreina enjoys working with children, adolescents, couples, older adults, families and groups. She has created an 8 week curriculum for single and divorced women which helps women learn about themselves, their partner and their relationships with others.
She has trained in EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT, Grief and Trauma, Prepare and Enrich, TheraPlay, Play therapy, Sand tray Therapy.
Andreina has completed Level 1 in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.
Supervised by Sam Moehlenpah, MFT (LMFT37887)
Loves working with parents, kids and couples!
Dona is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (LMFT93753). She has her B.S. in Secondary Education and her Master's degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She has been married for over 30 years and has five children aged 18-29. Dona has over 25 years of experience as both a licensed therapist and as a pastoral counselor. She loves working with parents, kids and couples. Dona provides parenting support around managing a child's difficult behaviors. She works individually with adults and children around trauma, depression, self-injury, and anxiety. As well as working with couples to improve their relationships. Dona is an interactive, systems therapist who can also offer a spiritual component for any client looking specifically for a Christian, biblically based perspective. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Additional training in Trauma Focused CBT and Play Therapy.
(Dona is not IN Network with TriCare)