Susan Lessley

Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist

Remove the Obstacles
So You Can Move Forward with Your Life!


Have you decided you want to make changes in your life?
 
Have you lost track of who you were supposed to be?
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Are you experiencing relationship stress?

Do you have issues to work through with your family of origin?

Life Happens, Let's Deal With It...
You have taken a step to look for help with the painful issues in your life.  You are beginning to think of helping yourself to grow beyond that stuck place.  GOOD FOR YOU!  You may be wondering if you have the strength or the courage to look at these issues, or if you even want to get help.  It helps to have guidance, a witness, and an encourager to help you in your journey.  I believe I can help you by offering these things as you walk down the path of exploration of your own life.

Make Changes in Your Own Life!
I believe that people are very resilient beings.  We can go through a multitude of situations, many of them very harmful to us emotionally, physically, mentally and sexually, and yet we remain functional people.  Many of us would like to go beyond functional to shed the dysfunction of our family of origin and begin to grow in ways that will help us live balanced, fulfilled, and peaceful lives.

I believe that as we grow up in our families of origin, we begin to learn to cope and adapt in unhealthy ways that tend to follow us into adulthood.  Looking at those coping mechanisms and fears that stem from childhood is important to finding the freedom to be who we want to be.  I have been trained by Pia Mellody in Post Induction Therapy, which focuses on developmental immaturity (formerly called codependence) from childhood experiences. 

I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - EMDR - as a way of treating trauma, abuse and negative self-beliefs.  "EMDR is a phased, scientifically validated, and integrative psychotherapy approach based on the theory that much of psychopathology is due to traumatic experience or disturbing life events. These result in the impairment of the client’s innate ability to process and to integrate the experience or experiences within the central nervous system. The core of EMDR treatment involves activating components of the traumatic memory or disturbing life event and pairing those components with alternating bilateral or dual attention stimulation. This process appears to facilitate the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach can result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, diminution of distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers." EMDRIA website, 2010 

I work together with clients who may have issues such as:
  • family of origin issues
  • trauma / abuse / neglect
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • incest
  • relationship issues
  • codependency
  • depression / anxiety
  • shame reduction
  • sexual violence
  • partners of sex addicts
  • grief and loss
  • 12-step recovery approach
  • anger managment
  • support for end of life decision for pets
    
   

Women’s Self-Esteem and Boundary Group Available


Complimentary 30-minute Consultation
I want to help people begin (or continue) the journey to live more fulfilling lives.  I offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation to ensure that you are comfortable with my style and I am the best therapist for you.  This is time to briefly discuss scheduling, fees, and how I can be of assistance.
 

600 Twelve Oaks Center Drive
Suite 642G
Wayzata, MN 55391
Tel:  612-581-7381
 
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Susan Lessley, MA, LMFT Therapist Wayzata Therapist
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