Graham Thompson, LMFT

Graham Thompson, LMFT

Having four years of seminary training in high school and two in college (St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Niles, Illinois), I was attracted to a career that utilized empathy as well as emotional patterns of interaction to help people help themselves. Since my certification in the Gottman Method of couples' therapy, I have the satisfaction of seeing more of my couples increase their emotional connections and re-vow with one another.

My hope is to provide new therapists with a degree of excellence in the process of therapy, not only the content of therapy.

I have not experienced a career that has been more exciting than to help others to meaningful interaction and emotional connectedness. As in the research of Harry Harlow, each of us seek to meet our needs by spending the majority of the day on the "terry cloth" mother more so than the utilitarian mother. Yet, some of us come from families-of-origin where we have learned to dismiss emotion from our lives and our interactions with the people with whom we live. As Fritz Perls wrote, "The goal of therapy is turning people from paper to real people."


WORDS I LIVE BY:
"The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals is a basic component of human nature" (John Bowlby). Human beings are wired for emotional intimacy, belongingness. One goal of therapy is to help people to increase their emotional connectiveness to others.

LICENSURE INFORMATION:
Type: LMFT
State: Illinois
Number: 166-000115
Year of Licensure: 1994

SUPERVISION CREDENTIALS:
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

ALMA MATERS:

  • Western Illinois University:  BA, MA
  • University of Illinois:  MA, ABD
    AREAS OF SPECIALTY:
    • Couples' Therapy (Gottman Method and Emotionally-Focused Therapy)
    • Individual Psychotherapy (Gestalt, Solution-Oriented, Attachment Theory, Bowen, and Genogram)
    • Family Therapy (Structural, Family-of-Origin Theory, Bowen, Attachment Theory, and Theraplay)

      PREFERRED MODALITIES:

      • Gottman Method
      • Theraplay
      • Attachment/Life Span Therapy
      • L1/ASL Trainer