- Hailey Sonstegard, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children & Adolescents, Premarital Counseling
Hailey is just the kind of person that you want on your side if you’re dealing with relationship challenges. She’s fantastic for individuals that want to sort things out, premarital couples that want to set themselves up for success, and couples who have been in a rut for a long time and need a jump-start.
There’s something we can’t quite put our finger on about Hailey. We’re not sure if it’s her simple and refreshing straightforwardness, or the way that we come away feeling both accepted as we are and motivated to be better. Whatever that thing is – it’s lead to Hailey being very popular among the clients at RTC as she uses this gift to transform difficult situations into opportunities for intimacy. Her clients summarize her as “empathic, humorous, and kind”. We were initially deceived by Hailey’s youthful appearance, but after mere minutes with her, we realized that we need not be concerned: she has the passion, vision, and wisdom of our most advanced clinicians.
- Kristi Murchie, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents
In the history of RTC there’s no one that we’ve ever pursued with the tenacity and vigor as we’ve pursued Kristi. We’ve never had a therapist who left us speechless from our first interaction. It was clear to us that she had something transformational to offer our field. After hours and hours of examination, we came to the conclusion that Kristi understands what love truly is. Not love in the fluffy bad movie sense, but love in the ‘I’m here, I’ll do everything I can, and we will make this work’ way. Love in the sense that failure is not an option. Love in the sense of how much pure genuine acceptance can transform who you are and what you believe about the world.
Ultimately, it’s impossible to express what it’s like to be in Kristi’s care. But we can say, unequivocally, that it’s a very rare experience in this world that brings out the best in each and every one of us.
- Rachel Klein, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents
Rachel is the hardest working person we know. She devotes every fiber of her being into helping her clients find the connection they’ve lost. We’ve never seen anything quite like it. When she sets her mind to helping people – things happen that we can’t quite explain. She takes impossible situations and transforms them with grace and ease. When we mine deeper for understanding of her methods it becomes clear. The recipe for Rachel’s secret sauce is first laying a base of love and compassion and adding in heaps of unwavering belief in her clients’ ability to heal and live a connected and loving life. Her hard work and dedication are simply the activating agent.
When we first met Rachel, we wondered how this drive and commitment to her clients’ well-being might be sustainable. We understand now that her humor and levity make it possible for her to keep that edge of driving her clients and also helping them to feel valued and cared for.
If you’re tired of disconnection and strife and want to get moving – you’ve found a great fit in Rachel.
- Trisha Witmer, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children & Adolescents
Trisha is our resident wise sage. There are many mysteries which surround her. Like, how does she get clients to feel so understood and make such incredible movement? How does she see through all of the superficial problems and chaos to reveal the loving connection underneath? How is she able to be so straightforward and forthright and still maintain her clients’ affection?
After endless hours of inquiry – we finally understand at least part of these mysteries. The answer is surprisingly simple. Trisha believes in the dignity of every human being. She believes that we all have a potential that we’re evolving to and that each of us deserve to be loved and cared for. There is something about that quiet belief that has Trisha refusing to accept anything but the best possible outcomes for her clients. If you’re fortunate enough to see Trisha – you’ll understand why wisdom and belief are such critical factors in relationship transformation.
- Fiona McGovern, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children & Adolescents
Fiona is a straightforward person. Not in a rude way– but in a ‘let’s get stuff done now’ way. Fiona cares deeply about her clients and she knows that change won’t happen if the only thing a couples therapist does is listen. Effective couples therapy requires action, too. Fiona DOES listen, and then she priorities her client’s goals. She has a passionate commitment to helping her clients connect and communicate in ways they’ve rarely experienced before.
We are fascinated with Fiona because, somehow, she is able to garner her clients’ trust while simultaneously holding them extremely accountable for the work they need to do in order to live the life she knows they can have. If you want someone who will sit back and reflectively listen – it’s probably best to move on. If you want someone who refuses to waste your time in anything inane and inconsequential, if you want someone who will accept nothing but your best – both in what you can provide and also in the type of relationship you will find, then you’ve found the best fit we can imagine in Fiona.
- Sam Egertson, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents
In Sam, you couldn’t find a better listener if you tried. And we assure you – we’ve really tried. Sam is meticulous when it comes to understanding the intricacies of what make his couples work, and what causes them to falter. This intentionality aids him in understanding even the most complex and confusing relationship dynamics. When we’re confused, Sam is our first resource.
Sam is especially gifted in understanding communication difficulties, addiction and infidelity. There is something profound about being and feeling understood. But Sam also knows understanding is only the first half of helping his couples transform. Sam isn’t merely a paraphraser (just repeating your words back to you). No, no. He is a wellspring of knowledge and resources he uses to find the openings for change and growth and helping his clients be better. And that’s where his understanding of relationships helps him to target precisely what his clients need to do in order to regain the love they’ve lost.
- Todd Faehner, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents
When we first heard Todd’s voice – a sense of calm and peacefulness came over us. It was almost an out of body experience. There is absolutely no way to describe his presence in mere words. The only way to comprehend his impact is to be in the same room and imbibe the warm sense of safety he exudes for yourself. We know this sounds flowery – but trust us – it’s an understatement.
However, this calm and compassionate exterior belies a tenacious belief. Todd believes his clients must and will change. While he accepts his clients, he doesn’t accept their lives must be filled with meaningless pain and suffering. In fact – that’s a non-negotiable for him. He cares too much for his clients to stay stuck. He cares too much to allow them to flounder. He cares about his clients in a way that says “I’m all in, no matter what, let’s make this the relationship you want, need, and deserve.” The faith he has in his clients is his secret sauce. And we love that about him.
- Lucreshia Grant, MSCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children & Adolescents
Lucreshia’s warmth is our Center’s secret weapon. No one in the course of history has been able to escape the field of caring and empathy Lucreshia exudes. Her couples report that while her warmth is what makes them feel safe, it’s her refreshing straightforwardness that gets them moving in the direction of their hopes and dreams.
Lucreshia is passionate about helping her couples find a new level of communication. Whether it’s about recovering from a betrayal or the all too annoying every day scuffles, she is adamant the people she sees finds not just relief, but a type of connection most of us haven’t experienced before.
Lucreshia may look on the younger side – but don’t give that a second thought. Senior members of our staff often line up around the corner to get her counsel. Simply put – no one cares more than Lucreshia. And that goes a long way.
- Efrén Solanas, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children & Adolescents
Efrén is the grand explorer of the Relationship Therapy Center. Whatever journey his clients are on, he enthusiastically jumps on and is the consummate companion and guide – no matter where that journey ventures. Efrén has the ability to honor individuals and relationships in a way we’ve never seen before. He holds the kind of respect for people that can’t be taught. It can only be earned over a lifetime of myriad experiences – all in the service of trying to understand the intricacies and complexities of how relationships work.
This ability to honor each person leads his clients to feeling profoundly cared for and seen for who they are and what they want from life (and therapy). Therapy is not a job for Efrén – it’s his calling. Every experience, every ounce of life he’s had, has lead him to care for clients in a way that is uniquely personal.
- Gregg Schacher, PhD, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Children
Gregg is trained extensively with the best of the best in the couples therapy world. He’s extremely well educated, but also humble– a rare combination. He is the most observant person we know. He can pick up on the smallest detail and change the course of his clients’ lives.
He can see his clients’ success miles away and guide them incisively towards their hopes and dreams. He does this through a simple process of belief and guidance. He believes in his clients + provides guidance. He knows they will succeed and he shows them how. Time after time, it’s amazing how right he is. It took us 9 years to convince him that he needs to join RTC. You’ll understand our passion for him when you meet him.