ANDREW BRIEFER, LMFT
Therapy can be about resolving essential problems and acquiring critical skills for being able to get by, to survive, or it can be about growth and aspiration. Both require creating a safe environment in which clients are able to make honest and meaningful assessment of how the life they have must change to live the life they want. My approach to therapy honors your strengths, creativity and resourcefulness and that you know yourself best.
Often some of the most vexing problems that bring people to therapy were the noble efforts of a younger self creatively solving a problem with the limited skills or resources available at that time. Now, perhaps, you have discovered that the solution has led to other problems. My approach to therapy is to collaborate with you to explore and understand the social, emotional, and behavioral landscape of your current life and how your goals and values can inform what tools will help the you of today rather than the outdated solutions with their negative consequences. I believe that we always use the best tools available to us, but sometimes it is scary to let go of things that have worked in many ways for a long time. When we find the right tools, we find that rather than feeling more vulnerable, we feel more resilient, energized and at ease. It is the most gratifying part of my work, to be given the privilege to accompany my clients on that path.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy
I spent the first ten years my professional counseling career working in a publicly funded outpatient substance abuse and domestic violence clinic where I worked with culturally diverse youth, young adults and their families in addressing substance abuse, homelessness, legal involvement, domestic violence, trauma, mental health and socioeconomic hardship. I have worked in private practice with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, couples and family issues, parenting, addiction and recovery, stage of life issues, chronic pain and men’s issues/gender roles. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to create the life you want