I would like to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Rochelle Whitson and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This title can be somewhat confusing, as I actually do all kinds of therapy. In addition to my work with families and marriages, I also do individual therapy with all ages. Anyway, for years I’ve thought that the reason my therapy practice is successful is because not only do I apply proven therapeutic techniques in my treatment, I also use who I am with my clients. I try to be real with them. I think having real life examples and knowing someone has been through similar experiences is very helpful in learning and growing. So I use my experiences in all my many roles, when appropriate: my role as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. And then there are all the hats we wear in those roles: sports mom, chauffer, chef, housekeeper, room mom, lover, fighter, household manager, disciplinarian, bill payer, etc. All of these things shape our lives and our experiences, they make us stronger, sometimes they hurt or even break us. I think it’s all part of this journey we call “life.”

Years ago I made the motto of my practice, “design your life” because I wanted people to really think about how they wanted their lives to be, what was working and what was not working. I think we tend to fall into certain situations in life, and then one day we wake up and look around and ask, “How did I get here?” We tend to design certain aspects of our lives, maybe where we want to live, what kind of job we want to have, or how many children to have. But the really important things, the things that determine our happiness more than anything else, often get left to chance. Things like how our marriages go, what strategies we use in our parenting, how we manage our relationships with friends and family. Applying a more mindful and deliberate approach to these things can really help us have the life we want. It puts us in the driver’s seat. I think we get one shot at this beautiful journey we call life, so we might as well get the most out of it that we can!

I came up with the idea of a website that makes some of the information I use in my practice available to the general public. I thought that if my clients can benefit from it, maybe others will too. I do not hold myself out of be an expert in all areas. I just hope I can spread a little bit of the insight I’ve been able to gain through the years with you all. I, like all of you, am still learning and growing every day. My goal for this site is that it becomes a place where we can all learn and grow and work on not just living, but THRIVING! I don’t want it to be a place for only professional articles (this is more the type of writing I’m used to doing, so you may need to bear with me a little bit as I learn a more casual way of writing). Of course, I want to provide helpful information from my profession, but I also want to have a personal spin on things. I’d like it to feel more like a lifestyle type of website than a place just to get dry clinical information. I guess we’ll see how I do with that!

However it turns out, if I help anyone to design their life a little more, if one person can relate to an article or I can help them out with a problem through this site, I will have reached my goal. I hope you will read and consider subscribing. I will be covering a very wide variety of subjects that I think impacts our overall happiness. So please, Meet Me For Therapy, and we shall see where this journey takes us!


Rochelle Whitson, LMFT

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