Shy Porter, MS
Clinical Degree: University of Maryland, Couple & Family Therapy
Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
Wedding Officiant: Yes
Available: Sunday (daytime) and Monday (afternoon/evening)
Fees: $140/50-min. session, $210/90-min session
Clinical special interests: Communication issues; Infidelity; Sex therapy; Divorce and separation; (Co-) Parenting; Anxiety; Depression; Teen and adult self-esteem; Grief and loss; Cultural & Ethnic Issues
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone 240-752-7650, ext. 6
Although my personal and professional interests are diverse and varied, there are few things that I enjoy more in life than sitting down with individuals, couples, and families to help them navigate their inter- and intrapersonal difficulties on a journey towards resolution and understanding. I strongly believe that no matter what the motivation for coming to therapy may be, clients should emerge from the process with a deeper understanding of themselves, which then translates into a more fulfilled life.
My clinical training has included work with all permutations of family systems: individuals, couples, nuclear families, blended families, step-parents, extended families, and beyond. I have worked with clients with very diverse backgrounds and experiences on a wide array of issues. By joining them in their journeys to growth, we learned much about each other and about ourselves.
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. While the former group has a national focus that allows me to connect with therapists and mental health professionals all over the country, the latter is focused on our particular region and fosters connections with professionals in the area. I participate in both as a way to promote the field of couple and family therapy, advocate for clients, and to stay current on cutting-edge research that will benefit my clients.
I strongly believe that the couple is the nucleus and often the central point of change in any familial unit. I aim to help couples evaluate, strengthen, rebuild, repair, and enhance their relationships. Whether they are dating, engaged, married, or struggling to determine if they would like to remain in their relationship, I serve as a warm, empathetic, and caring presence who can guide couples through their challenges and come to a conclusion that feels right for both members of the unit. I have worked with couples on improving their communication, parenting, infidelity, sexual issues, interpersonal conflict, trauma, and everything in between. No matter what challenges arise, I am dedicated to assisting couples in navigating them successfully.
Therapy with adult individuals is another one of my particular interests. One-on-one therapy affords the opportunity to explore intra- and interpersonal difficulties and I have found that clients greatly enjoy the space and opportunity to delve deeply into their unique challenges on an individual basis. I have worked with individuals on issues similar to those that arise in couple therapy, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma, family-of-origin issues, separation and divorce, parenting, and more.
I also enjoy working with families that include young adults and their parents. These families are often faced with significant transitions that require additional guidance and support. I am happy to work with familial units through these developmental processes and enjoy helping family members learn how to strengthen their connections even in the midst of change.
My therapy style is compassionate, authentic, curious, warm, and nonjudgmental. I believe insight is critically important in the therapeutic process and aim to empower and guide clients on their journeys toward self-discovery, self-understanding, and enhanced empathy for others. The concept of intersectionality is critical in my work, as I believe all of us are comprised of various identities that inform how we view the world and color our interactions with others. Race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and nationality are only a few identities that converge to create unique selves. To me, this is crucial to understanding ourselves and those around us.
In addition to being a licensed therapist, I am also a doctorate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. My field of study is Family Science and I hope to use the degree to impact policy surrounding families and minority groups. I also plan to teach at the university level while conducting research that can advance the field. My research interests are focused on couple dynamics, particularly the mating, dating, and relationship processes across the lifespan. As an academic, I like to infuse the latest clinical research and resources into therapy sessions as well to provide a well-rounded and informed therapeutic experience. Outside of the therapy room, I enjoy running, cooking, exploring new areas, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends.
If you are interested in my clinical services, please contact me today! I am very excited about the great work that we can do together.
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