With understanding and empathy, Abby will join you on your journey to progress on your individual and relationship goals.
Meet Abby. Abby is a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist. She works with individuals and specializes in working with couples and families.
Interests and specialties. Abby enjoys working with a wide variety of clients/problems. However, she has experience and unique skills in helping families with children with autism, helping couples and families cope with divorce, and helping couples communicate effectively about finances (and other difficult topics).
Thoughts on therapy. “It takes a lot of courage to come to therapy and tell someone you just met the intimate details of your life. That bravery is not lost on me. Many times in our lives we feel stuck. We aren’t sure what can be done differently. We might feel sad or hopeless. We know we want to change but we aren’t sure how. As your therapist, I can be there to provide emotional support, insight, and suggestions to help you achieve your goals. I believe that individuals, couples, and families can make changes to achieve their goals.”
Experience. Abby earned her bachelors of science in family studies with a minor in psychology from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, she worked as an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She earned her master’s from Virginia Tech in marriage and family therapy. As a graduate student, Abby worked as a therapist at the Center for Family Services and Vesta. She provided counseling to individuals, couples, and families at both locations. She also completed a master’s thesis on women’s experience coping through a divorce. After graduation, Abby trained as a couple’s facilitator for the Together program, a nonprofit that works on strengthening couples communication around finances. The particular training that Abby has acquired makes her particularly qualified to listen, discuss, and process what clients bring into the therapy room.
Treatment approach. Abby’s approach is warm, caring, and authentic. Setting aside judgment she works with her clients to help make their desired change. Whether it is an individual, couple or family, she makes it a priority to empower them. Couples and families can experience improved relationships when they go through the therapy process together. Her practice is heavily influenced by evidenced-based techniques drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, and the Gottman model. She integrates these approaches to help her clients.
- Bachelors of Science, Family Studies, 2012, Brigham Young University
- Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2017, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (LGM719)