Life is a Journey. Let's Walk It Together.
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. So why therapy now? What are the hopes, dreams, and sense of the future from therapy? For me, the basis of therapy is about understanding the relationship with a “problem,” rather than trying to fix it. Problems only survive and thrive when they are supported and backed up by particular ideas, beliefs, and principles and can feel like a relentless need to escape a moment that never ends. Exploring the details and effects of these obstacles will help lead to the discovery of different outcomes yet not thought of or discovered.
I am interested in the collaborative journey of discovering, acknowledging, and 'taking apart' these hardened ideas and habitual beliefs that saturate our daily lives. Once these dominant ideas and beliefs that support the problem are exposed and discussed, we can find alternative stories to reduce the influence and create new possibilities for living.
I am experienced in working with the LGBTQ+ community, Trans youth, young adults, addiction, grief, couples, parents, and families. Some of my specializations include anxiety, depression, addiction and substance abuse, grief, peer conflict, transitioning, interpersonal relationship issues, and phase of life adjustments.
Paul Backlund, M.A. | Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #112831 Supervisor: Chris Lapin, LMFT #82206
"Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be."
SERVICES I OFFER
My postmodern approach to therapy provides a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere, where we can safely begin to develop insight into the relationships with which we have with the “problem.” The therapeutic process is a collaborative journey between client and therapist to help uncover inner resourcefulness and resiliency.
In our therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. Get in touch to book an appointment.
Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? Need help navigating around roadblocks in your relationship? My couples counseling sessions help clients develop positive attitudes toward life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. Contact me today, and let me help remind you of the best in your relationship.
LGBTQ+ YOUTH AND ADULT THERAPY
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or any other type of non-conforming sexual or gender identity (known as LGBT, LGBTQ, or LGBTQIA, among others) may find that the social stigma of living as a sexual minority is a source of stress or anxiety. When seeking counseling as such, finding a qualified mental health professional who has experience and familiarity with issues that confront the LGBTQ community can be critical to helping you find the solutions you're looking for. Contact me today to learn more.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you arrive at specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way. Let's discuss how group counseling might be right for you.
Are you contemplating if you have an unhealthy relationship with drugs, alcohol, sex, and/or gambling? Addiction comes in many forms. Understanding what addiction is and how it impacts your daily function is the first step; but sometimes, it can be the hardest. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to help achieve lifelong sobriety or harm-reduction. Talk with me today to help answer the questions of uncertainty.
Paul Backlund, M.A.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #112831
Supervisor: Chris Lapin, LMFT #82206
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