I am a couples therapist
There is a difference between a therapist who is a couples therapist and a therapist who can do couples therapy. A couples therapist looks at the entire relationship and has had many years of training working with couples. A couples therapist looks at how to help repair the foundation of the relationship. Many therapists will look at how to build on communication strategies and while this is helpful, it is usually not sustainable long term. I will help you look at how you can have long term change in your relationship.
After receiving my Masters of Social Work, I took on further training by pursing my Accreditation in Marriage and Family Therapy. This entailed, 1000 practice hours and 200 hours of supervision in couple and family therapy. Although it is not required, I continue to seek out consultation on a regular basis to ensure that I am providing the best quality of service to my clients. This means you have a team of therapist knowledge helping you.
Amanda Bacchus, M.S.W, R.P., R.M.F.T.
Specializing in Couples Therapy
When I met my husband, I knew he was for me. His supportive calm nature was exactly what my Type A personality needed. However, joining two racially and culturally different families came with many challenges that impacted our relationship early on. We both quickly realized that we came from families who had very different philosophies about how a husband and wife should interact. We had to learn how to bring these ideologies together and create a dynamic that works for us. The work and counselling we did gives me a lot of insight into the struggles some of my clients face.
I am passionate about working with couples. I want to see my clients improve their situations and I don't allow my client stay on longer than is necessary.
My clients have reported that I am fair and do not take sides.
I like using humor in my session and I keep in mind the realities of life.
In your sessions, I will use a number of different therapeutic techniques, but I will mostly utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Over the years I used a number of communication strategies and coached clients to act more positively in their relationship. I found that these techniques were effective short-term but not longer term. Since utilizing EFT with couples, I have seen couples go from wanting to end their relationship to have a renewed love for their partner.
I look forward to helping you, so contact me to set up an appointment.