Kelly Moen, Graduate Associate
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We, as human beings, need others. We want to love and to be loved, but sometimes our emotions and belief patterns, as well as our past negative experiences can get in the way of having healthy, loving relationships with the people we love most. We may need help in developing and maintaining healthy relationships with family and significant others. This is when we seek assistance to better our relationships.
No matter what your reason for coming to therapy, seeking help takes courage. Taking the steps to better your relationship may mean delving deep into difficult subjects and personal experiences. This can be painful, but the therapeutic process can allow us to know ourselves and our loved ones better and, ultimately, improve our close relationships.
To get the most of your time in therapy, it is important that the client and the therapist join in a trusting, non-judgmental relationship. This is crucial, so the client will feel supported and be able to share their truth and experiences. This powerful alliance supports internal growth, strengthens self-esteem, improves emotional awareness, and increases the capacity for fulfilling relationships.
My therapeutic approach is influenced by my education in systems theory, which describes a family as a unit, with each family member a part of the whole system. The family as a system allows the therapist to see how the family interacts with one another, looking at a problem through multiple lenses, so there is no need to place blame or focus on one person. I am currently working towards my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Touro University. Therefore, I am not yet a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, but a student who is currently pursuing this license.
In my free time, I enjoy time with my family, both individually and all together. I love enjoying the outdoors, camping on the coast, boating, reading, and learning new things. .
Specialties and areas of focus
- Relationship Issues
Q&A with Kelly
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I believe that most people who come to therapy have something in their lives that needs immediate attention, so that that comes first. Once that immediate need is addressed, it would be beneficial to talk about some of the deeper issues that may be contributing to that or other problems.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I can listen and follow when you want to lead, and lead when you want to follow. I am here to support you however you need at the time.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I am an empathetic person, so I care deeply about others and want everyone to feel loved, deserving and supported in whatever way they need.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to heal others with a touch.
5.) What makes you laugh?
My kids make me laugh. I think they are hilarious.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I would choose the Bronte sisters because I love their novels (my favorite is Wuthering Heights) and it would be fantastic to roam the moors with them after dinner.