Whether you (or your partner/spouse) have been to a therapist before or this is your first time, welcome!
Difficulties with marriage, relationship, depression, anxiety, loss, internet abuse and/or addiction can take us off the path of the life we want. They can be hard to make sense of and to talk about, even with the people closest to us. I work actively, listening without judgement, and validating thoughts and feelings to help you reach beyond challenges that are holding you back from living in a truly meaningful and fulfilled way.
What to Expect:
First, a non-judgemental approach to clarifying what brings you to therapy and what relief would look like for you. Therapy continues with me aiming to gain a full understanding of your current thoughts and feelings in the context of your whole life experience. As our work together progresses you'll begin to gain new awareness, flexibility in decision making, and a better understanding of yourself and people in your life. A good fit between any client and therapist is critical to the overall success of therapy (in fact, research shows that the inability of therapist and client to form a strong working alliance leads to poor outcomes)- so contact me and I'll be happy to spend some time with you to answer questions you might have and discuss my approach prior to scheduling an initial appointment. Our work together takes place in a comfortable, private environment and is discreet and confidential. Therapy is a process but I want you to experience meaningful change from our first session forward.
My Approach to Therapy for Couples and Individuals:
My approach to couple counseling and marriage therapy is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT works to foster healthy, secure bonds by recognizing patterns that have become destructive to your relationship. It is not concerned with judging or taking sides. EFT is a time-limited (usually 8-16 sessions), active technique, that is highly effective and backed by extensive research. EFT gets to the root of relationship troubles.
I also offer periodic EFT-based couples workshops that can be a really helpful way to get the process started or to support your current therapy work. These workshops are not intended to be a substitute for therapy.
My approach to individual therapy will depend on your specific circumstances. In very general terms though, it is based in the idea that each of us, as we mature, develops certain strategies for dealing with life events. These strategies are usually functional, i.e. they help us navigate and cope with difficult circumstances. But these ways by which we've made sense of and responded to relationships and situations in our lives can outlive their usefulness and begin to create difficulty and confusion- especially since they usually operate outside of our awareness. The therapy relationship helps foster self-awareness in a way that encourages you to be less critical and judgemental of yourself and others, and more confident about making the changes that can move you toward what matters most in your life. Contact me if you'd like and we can discuss in more detail what's going on with you and how therapy can be helpful. If you describe circumstances that I believe would be better treated by one of my colleagues, or if we're not able to find a meeting time that works, I'll be happy to get you headed in the right direction.
Evening and weekend sessions may be available. I use Vsee for tele-sessions if you reside in Nevada (I am licensed in Nevada and cannot work with clients in other states) and have difficulty attending in person.
Cornelius (Con) Sheehan, Jr., LCSW
Call: (775) 287-7733 Nevada License: 5605-C
Couple Counseling and Individual Psychotherapy
Clinical Intern Supervisor