Sierra Schaidle MS, LMFTA
We asked our marriage counselors a few questions about their work so you can get to know them a little better. Read Sierra’s answers below.
What do you enjoy about being a marriage counselor?
I love to help others feel more confident in being able to explore their needs and emotions. Sometimes trusting ourselves or others is really difficult, so I like helping people feel more connected to themselves and others in their lives. I have felt honored to work through that with my past clients to help them build the meaningful relationships they want.
What approach do you use in couples counseling?
My goal is to lead partners to strengthen their understanding and connection with each other. These tend to be common points of tension in relationships. Whether or not you feel understood and heard are major factors in how you work through stress together.
I largely draw from approaches that blend structured communication exercises with a softer focus on language and stories. The words we use and the stories we tell about ourselves and our relationships have a massive impact on what we feel is possible. I empower you to rewrite the stories you tell so you can explore all possible paths forward and choose what works best for you.
What are you most proud of in your work?
I am most proud of my focus on diversity in therapy. I prioritize educating myself on both social issues and research around diverse topics in therapy. I have significant experience in conducting therapy, research, and outreach within the LGBTQ+ community. Addressing issues of diversity and power is something that is professionally and personally very important to me.
What types of couples do you enjoy working with the most?
I really enjoy working with people through issues related to gender, experiences of discrimination, sexual concerns, or trauma. I love working with diverse clients–people within the LGBTQ+ community, polyamorous relationships, interracial partners, blended families, those dealing with different levels of ability, or partners managing chronic illnesses.
What are your credentials as a marriage therapist?
My credentials include:
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate through the state of Indiana
- Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest
- Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Member of the Indiana Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (IAMFT)
- Gottman Level 2 Therapist
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
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