Gary J DeVine, LPC utilizes a family systems approach to marital counseling. Families are systems of interconnected individuals. The family cannot be understood or helped by focus upon the individuals. It is the family unit that must be treated. The behavior changes of the individuals occur primarily by external forces, not internal. As the individuals within the family better understand the family as a dynamic unit, they can together transform their interactions. Everyone gets better when the family is functioning better.
As a therapist, I bring not just my knowledge of family systems psychology to this work, I bring skills honed from working with couples, personal experience from my own family struggles, biblical wisdom and values, and faith. I eschew routine and pat answers, staying curious and investigative, open to multiple causes of problems and nuances of interpretation. Solutions are co-developed by therapist and clients.
Your first responsibility in the process of couples therapy is to exercise faith. Even if you come to me for help with only a tiny seed of faith that your relationship can be saved, we will build on this seed. Be open to learning. An inability to see one's contribution to the family dysfunction and recalcitrant blaming is a common inhibitor to healing and wholeness. Counseling can at times be confrontational, and this may cause offense, but confrontation will always gentle and with concern for the client's well being. Successful clients learn humility, the ability to be introspective and self-critical.
Call me for a phone consultation, and we will determine if we will make a good team in couples therapy. As stated before, consultation is free.
DeVine, LPC supports "With His Love Christian Ministries" for couples therapy
WITH HIS LOVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Gary J DeVine provides behavioral health treatment to alleviate or eliminate symptoms of mental disorders according to standard clinical practice from a distinctively Christian orientation. He is trained in psychotherapy and continues to educate himself about best practices and utilizes those treatments that are considered best practice by the mental health community. He is committed to obeying all federal and state statutes and the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He will respect and protect your confidentiality and privacy according to federal HIPPA laws and Law Code 49.72 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is competent to deliver mental health services to consumers, and when he encounters a client with a disorder for which he is not trained or otherwise qualified to treat, he will refer that consumer to a qualified specialist. Gary is committed to the Hippocratic Oath: "Practice two things in my dealings with disorders: either help or do no harm to the client".