Megan Havel MS, NCC, LPC
Have you been looking for support to make life changes? Feeling your world has been tough to navigate on your own? Pondering who to turn to for help sorting out your current circumstances? Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Many people experience these issues and you are not alone! I am here to stand beside you on your journey towards healing, self-discovery and life fulfillment.
How we perceive things is what creates our reality. Talk therapy will allow you the unique opportunity to explore your perceptions of daily life. Therapy is a collaborative journey where I will leverage your strengths, skills, and talents to help you reach your goals. In treatment together we will improve your positive thinking, develop deeper emotional awareness, and process any past trauma you have gone through. We will work together so you can develop healthy strategies for living your life to its fullest potential.
For Couples: beginning Couples Therapy, whether it is after having experienced an emotional injury or betrayal, prior to marriage, or having children, can be both scary and overwhelming. As a Gottman certified therapist, I will work with you and your partner at your pace while helping you to process your underlying vulnerabilities and emotional responses related to conflict within your marriage or partnership, strengthen your level of friendship, provide informed research and education to rebuild trust and commitment, help to develop healthy attachment bonds and interactional cycles, create shared rituals or connection, move through life together, and provide support in the healing process.
I specialize working with couples and am trained in the Gottman Method to improve communication patterns, build trust, learn co-parenting strategies, and enhance the couple’s connection and intimacy. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.
For Parents: Family dynamics impact an individual from birth to death. Our family-of-origin (i.e. the family we are born into) majorly influences the way we view the world, how we interact with others and what we believe about ourselves. When we grow older and create families of our own, we decide which aspects of our family-of-origin we wish to carry forward and which aspects we wish to redefine to better meet our current needs. During parenting sessions, I seek to help parents understand how individual and relational behaviors influence family functioning (and vice versa). While a family shares many experiences together, each family member’s perspective of these experiences can differ tremendously. In a therapeutic setting, each of you is given the opportunity to share your unique outlook on the family’s functioning. The autonomy, validation, and empathy fostered in a therapeutic environment will allow each person to slow down and hear one another. The transformation process can begin immediately. I believe that the key to promoting healthy problem-solving in families is to alter the underlying family structure by exploring the subsystems, boundaries, and roles that make up family hierarchies.