Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, RDI® Certified Consultant
Breanna is a Couples and Family Therapist Registered Intern passionate about working with individuals, couples and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been working with families to remediate autism since 2010. After witnessing the significant impact that familial relations had on treatment she received her masters in Couples and Family Therapy from Alliant University.
Breanna’s undergraduate degree in philosophy, along with empathy and authentic curiosity help her to reach into the experience of a person affected by ASD. When working with individuals and families, Breanna obtains an understanding of a client’s emotional and sensory experiences. Together they examine the client’s environment, motivators and relationships together while collaborating in developing self-advocacy skills. This allows Breanna to incorporate the client’s motivation and salient relationships into treatment in a meaningful and lasting way. Treatment is also complemented with creative and individualized interventions or coping techniques. Breanna is influenced by Narrative Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
When working with couples, Breanna has found success in utilizing her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In doing so, she illustrates her clients’ negative pattern of interactions, inclusive of each partner’s behaviors, perceptions, secondary emotions, primary emotions and unmet needs. This initial identification is the first step in the examination of many of the issues which commonly include but are not limited to: the challenges associated with having a child or spouse with ASD, feeling alone, having a negative perception of one’s self, feeling misunderstood, unheard, overwhelmed or depressed. Breanna helps couples discover that love and care are often just lost in translation, and that each partner can become well versed in understanding one another in a meaningful and loving way.