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Healing Bonds Counseling Services
Lauren Finch, MS Resident Therapist
Families, relationships and connections with others impact your quality of life, mental health, and physical health. Relationships cause great joy and unfortunately can cause great pain when they are toxic or off track. Are past relationships haunting your current relationship or self-image? Do you have difficulty forming or maintaining relationships with friends or significant others? Suffered abuse or abandonment in a relationship? Experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one? Have you experienced infidelity in your marriage? These difficult experiences can feel like they define you and become overwhelming at times, but there is hope!
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in relationships and the impact of relationships on your health. I can walk with you as you turn this experience that seems to define you into a chapter of your story as you experience healing in your current and past relationships.
About me: I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been married for 15 years, and we have 3 beautiful children. I love dogs, cats, traveling and the outdoors. I am a Christian, but do not identify as a "Christian therapist". I feel strongly that it is important to meet everyone where they are. My utmost goal in therapy is to create a safe place for you to show up and be yourself.
Maybe you’re at a point where therapy feels like the next best step. Whether you’re navigating a recent life transition such as the birth of a child or a recent break-up, wanting to explore past trauma, or maybe you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety or depression and you just feel stuck, exploring resources for yourself is such a brave thing to do. I admire the courage it has taken for you to get to this very moment.
I work primarily with individuals and couples wanting to navigate anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, sexual dysfunction, sexuality and gender, religiosity, and trauma. My experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist gives me a unique lens to understand each client and the systems in which they are a part of, as well as highlight the importance of relationships. I believe healing can best occur in the context of safe and secure relationships. I aim to reduce shame, promote options and empower my clients in the context of a safe and supportive environment, along with best practices. I utilize narrative and attachment based approaches, as well as draw from acceptance and commitment therapy to help each client live a more congruent life through integrating their own life experiences and living according to their own values.
Are you lost? Do you feel disconnected from your loved ones and from yourself? Perhaps you aren’t sure how to find your way back, wondering if you even can. You feel a sense of stuckness that can’t quite be shaken. You feel that you can’t be found, and yet there is something within you reaching out and hoping for help and healing.
As a therapist that focuses on relationships, I believe authenticity and holistic care are key to rediscovering ourselves and to restoring our connections with loved ones. I see you. I have been to these dark places before, and I will help you find the way out. There is hope for you; there is hope for your relationships. The confusion and pain can be unknotted. A new story can be written.
I work with individuals, couples, and families (including blended families) struggling to navigate relational difficulties, stress, life transitions, and more. I would be honored to collaborate with you to find true, sustainable change. You can schedule with me online at your leisure; the journey can begin whenever you are ready.
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Leslie Corrao-Montgomery, MS Resident Therapist
Jennifer Weller, MS MFT
Beth Houle, MS LMFT
Chattanooga Office Therapists
You feel lonely and worry no one truly knows you. Maybe you even feel lonely within your marriage while longing for intimacy. You are unsure what is missing and why but have an inner critic constantly reminding you of how you do not deserve affection. There is difficulty in putting words to your pain and isolation. Paralyzed by feeling numb and hopeless, you are ready to take a step forward into something new.
There is hope for you and your relationships. Healing is possible. In collaborating together, I want you to find your voice and have intimacy in the relationships that mean the most to you. To be fully known and address the shame lurking beneath with compassion.
I want you to know you are not alone. I work with individuals and couples struggling with relational difficulties, sexual addictions, grief, infidelity, trauma and more. Safety, compassion, and confidentiality are top priorities. Within the benefit of scheduling an appointment online, you can begin your therapeutic journey when you feel ready.
Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision, so let me tell you about myself. I graduated from Lee University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program in May 2020 and currently hold my temporary license through the State of Tennessee.
I have been married to my husband for 15 years and have four beautiful children. With my children starting families of their own, I cherish the time we have together as a family. In my free time, my husband and I love to travel and look forward to future adventures together.
I believe that every individual has the wisdom to know how to heal themselves and the courage to face life's challenges and grow from them. It is my job, as a therapist, to help you connect with this innate wisdom and courage. In therapy, I work to create a space where you can feel safe, understood, and cared for. Within this space, we will explore your current difficulties and challenges. We will address these challenges in ways that fit you and that build upon your unique strengths and personality.
As my client, I view you as the expert on your life. I do not view myself as the “know it all” in the room. I have some valuable information that my training has afforded me, but your life experiences are just as valuable to the work we will do together. I am straight forward, honest and believe we are a team in this process.
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