Family Matters is a professional counseling center that provides fee-for-service psychotherapy, therapeutic mediation, personal/relational enrichment and/or interpersonal training for individuals, families, couples and other groups.
We view the therapy process as a collaborative endeavor to address the concerns that have brought you to therapy, and we hope that our work together will be a healing and growing experience, providing you with the necessary tools to address your concerns.
Some of the possible benefits of participating in therapy may include:
Family Matters offers several different forms of counseling:
Individual Therapy is a one-on-one, collaborative endeavor designed around your personal goals, concerns and needs: Anything from unhealthy or frustrating relationship patterns, to anxiety or depression, to personal enrichment, to discovering new ways to cope with a variety of emotional and transitional life stressors.
Couple Therapy focuses on cultivating or restoring marital health and satisfaction. Couples may identify and address key areas of frustration and impasse that prevent each partner from experiencing intimacy. These areas may include communication, boundaries, sex (enhancing fulfillment and/or assessing / resolving dysfunction issues), conflict, transition, stress, abuse, and infidelity.
Family Therapy is for parents and children, often to address difficult behavioral problems, lack of parent/child connectedness, ineffectual discipline, and/or conflict between parents concerning childrearing. Goals may include improved communication, effective parenting, co-creating the best environment for a child’s welfare, and/or healthy growth through normal (and sometimes not-so-normal!) life circumstances.
Divorce Counseling is for those wrestling with any of the questions, challenges, or conflicts that flow out of divorce. Healing is an important part of what often amounts to a very painful experience, and many want to know that life will move forward again. How does one adjust to the new family dynamics? What's normal, and what's not? Ex-spouses can learn how to work together as parents, and stepparents/children can navigate the turbulent waters of living in blended families.
Therapeutic Mediation is a unique, cutting-edge approach to dealing with conflict resolution. Have you ever had some deep-seated issue that comes between you and a spouse, family member or friend that you just couldn’t reconcile? This technique blends mediation formatting with solid relational therapy to find new solutions to persistent problems. The counselor works as a mediator who gets to the fundamental aspects of a disagreement and helps the "complainants" negotiate a mutually agreeable solution.
Enrichment Counseling is, admittedly, something of a “catch-all” category. There are many individuals who want to come in for reasons that don’t necessarily fit with “typical” therapy categories: There’s nothing really “wrong,” and yet the client desires to find ways of growing personally, relationally, or spiritually. You may want to come in for “relationship wellness checks” – that is, taking the time for a little preventative therapy before dysfunctional patterns emerge. Or you may simply find benefit from having a concerned and friendly counselor take the time to listen while you process the stress and strain that hinders you from finding deep enjoyment in everyday life.
Pre-Marital Counseling is a unique offering at Family Matters, involving 7-10 sessions that focuses on preparing couples for the kind of relationship that last for life and grows ever more deeply satisfying over time. Have you ever noticed how some couples spend countless hours preparing for a ceremony and celebration that lasts for one day but neglect to prepare for the relationship that is supposed to last for the rest of their lives? These sessions are for those who want a love that last and grows, all life long.
Christian Life Counseling, by request only, is for those who profess a deep devotion to their Christian faith. In addition to being trained in individual, couple and family psychotherapy, Jeff Schutz is an ordained minister with over 16 years of full-time ministry experience, pastoral counseling, personal discipleship training, and one-on-one ministry mentoring. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and can offer counseling that is both deeply biblical and culturally relevant. He is uniquely qualified to help people discover how their Christian faith relates to everyday life, personal decisions, and relationships.
Wedding Ceremony Officiant. As an Ordained Minister, Jeff is licensed in CT to perform weddings. The ceremonies he performs are in the Protestant Christian tradition, and he works with couples to design an Order of Service that is highly personalized and enduringly memorable.
Pastoral Support/ Christian Ministry Consultingis specialized work with church leadership. Most consultants with churches focus on organizational management and/or growth techniques and strategies. While these are important, Jeff's approach is to focus on relational and interactional dynamics of the leadership in order to identify dysfunctional patterns, breakdowns in communication, and other issues that prevent groups of individuals from functioning as a unified whole. Pastors may also benefit from having feedback, counsel and / or support from a trained therapist who knows and understands the strains that are unique to pastoral ministry.
Motivational / Public Speaking. I have done an extensive amount of public speaking, including classroom teaching, training seminars, retreats, preaching and fund-raisers. I am available upon request, offering seminars on basic relational dynamics to marital enrichment to parenting and leaving the kind of legacy that lasts. I offer in-service training for professionals who would like to know more about how to work effectively with parents who have a special needs child.