NOW OFFERING ONLINE SESSIONS!
In response to growing health concerns due to COVID-19, I am now offering teletherapy through online sessions. Get the support you need for yourself or your relationship now from the comfort and safety of your own home.
TIFFANY LONIS-SHUMATE, MS, LMFT
I hold a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. I have been in private practice for the past eight years and prior to that, I worked with incarcerated teenage boys and their families for six years. I use an Emotion-Focused approach to treatment and believe that my role as a therapist is to assist clients in understanding the vulnerable feelings driving their behaviors and healthy ways of expressing those feelings and needs. In doing so, I believe people create more genuine and nurturing connections with others in their lives.
In my couples therapy, I utilize an Emotion-Focused approach as well as the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. This method is based on over forty years of research by Psychologist John Gottman into what makes successful relationships. It provides concrete tools to help couples communicate in effective ways to help each partner better hear and understand one another. I have completed two of three levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and am working towards certification as a Gottman therapist.
Couples therapy is an active process and I work hard to teach my couples hands-on skills to better manage conflict that arises and to build a strong foundation based on friendship, appreciation, and shared meaning.
Intentional Relationships, Intentional Life
Couples come to therapy at a variety of times in their relationship. Some couples seek therapy after a major change or a traumatic event in their lives, while other couples come at a time of crisis in their relationship or following years of difficulties communicating when they feel they are at their breaking point.
Some common issues that bring couples to therapy are:
-Learning healthy communication skills
-Having the same conflict/argument over and over
-Infidelity (physical, emotional, etc)
-Addiction or substance abuse
-Impact of external stresses on the relationship (work, extended family, etc)
-Loss of connection with one another
-Lack of intimacy / "Roommate relationship"
-Unresolved hurt or anger
No matter how big or small the difficulties in a relationship, therapy can be a very powerful tool in getting back the relationship you once had or getting the relationship you always wanted with your spouse or significant other.
Individual therapy can be helpful for a variety of reasons. It can be a time to foster an attitude of self-love and self-care and explore ways in which you can live a healthier and more whole life. It can assist you in combating depression or managing anxiety, or it can be a time to gain a better understanding of relationships you have with others. Whether you are looking to gain more insight into relationships you hold dear, behaviors you engage in, or gain concrete skills to better assist you in problems you are experiencing, individual therapy can be a valuable tool.
"Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. And I will choose how the story ends."
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703 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830, USA