Liz Ortland, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Approach

I believe that everyone is capable of growth and healing. I strive to create a safe and collaborative therapy relationship that allows my clients to listen deeply to themselves in order to discover stuck patterns, disowned parts of the self, unrecognized or unexpressed needs, struggles with worthiness, and barriers to living authentically. Together we will grapple with themes such as personal identity, deepening connections to others, agency and responsibility for choices, exploring meaning in life, facing mortality, and engaging with spirituality and a sense of awe. Central to this exploration is the development of a genuine relationship between myself and each client so that we can feel safe delving into the unknown together.

I believe that all people are unique, and therefore therapy looks different with everyone. I enjoy bringing in whatever it is that helps a client to embrace change and explore their inner world; if it is important to you, I am interested! This may include expressive arts, literature, movement, spiritual practices etc. as well as more traditional dialogic therapy and coping/communication skillbuilding. I draw from ideas used in Experiential, Internal Family Systems, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT/DBT, Gottman Couples Therapy, and others. 

At the core of my approach is my belief that you are the expert on your own experiences.  I promise that you will not be treated as a diagnosis or a collection of symptoms to be solved, but as a whole person looking to have a better and more fulfilling life.

The most powerful tool in therapy is the relationship built by our therapists and their clients. That’s why we offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine if we’d be a good fit.

 

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