Caitlyn M BurnsLAMFT

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Availability

In Eastern Time

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

My perspective on therapy was really changed when I heard someone refer to therapy as "something really nice to do for yourself" and now I like to think about therapy as an important way to take care of yourself. I think a lot of people have anxiety about what therapy will be like and what it "means" to go to therapy, but at the end of the day, therapists are fellow humans, who have been trained to create safe and welcoming spaces for others to process struggles, build skills, and share their stories. One of the most important things I try to remind people is that you are in control when it comes to therapy: if it isn't working for you or you do not like the direction it's going, you always have the option to try something else or share your thoughts about the direction you would like to move in or things you would like to focus on in sessions. A therapist is someone who is there to collaborate with you as you work toward the goals you have for yourself or, especially when it comes to relational/family therapy, a therapist is someone who can look at things from the outside and help you get unstuck from patterns that are frustrating or not serving you. Ultimately, many people worry that going to therapy means something is "wrong" with them or they worry a therapist might "discover" something about them that will negatively impact, label, or force them to do something they do not want to do, but this is not the case. We don't always see the best representations of therapy on TV or in movies and books, so it can be scary to not know what it's like. If you have any questions about what to expect, I am always more than happen to talk with you about this before our first session!

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My approach to therapy is very collaborative and client-centered, so we will work together to determine treatment goals. Together we will explore current interaction patterns in these relationships and work together to improve communication, connection, and collaboration. My goal is for everyone to feel heard and seen and for families and partners to come together to create new patterns that best serve their needs. we’ll work to solve current problems and improve resilience and confidence to tackle future challenges. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and support you in learning tools to cope with life’s obstacles. Together we will explore your story and the meaningful relationships in your life to help get you on the path to a happier, healthier you. Although I take an integrative approach to therapy, Narrative (transforming problem stories into new stories that align with your values, based on meaning-making and reframing) and Contextual (exploring on multi-generational patterns, past hurts, a multidimensional understanding of self and others, and not carrying negative parts of the past with you into the present and future) models are at the core of my work. Particularly when working with partner relationships, I also tend to use Emotionally Focused and Gottman-based techniques, which focus on attachment, turning toward one another, and building shared meaning.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

Yes! The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in so many ways. I have recently been seeing a lot of people who have shared that the slowed down pace of pandemic life has allowed them to reflect on and notice patterns in their life that they would like to change. Also, many people have been experiencing an increased level of stress during this time of uncertainty. Many youth and teens have been struggling with remote schooling challenges, including a lack of motivation and feelings of being overwhelmed. Other people have been having a hard time with the lack of connection they feels, as they are not able to engage in social activities or spend time with peers, friends, and loved ones. To meet these needs, I have been adapting my practice to address some of these contextual challenges and I am also in the process of starting therapy groups that are open to clients who are navigating these struggles. To stay up to date on group offerings, please visit: https://joyandsuccessnj.com/group Additionally, I know how difficult these overarching challenges can be for individuals who may already struggle to access community connections or to find therapists who provide inclusive and affirmative services. That said, I have made it my mission to stay up to date with trainings and stay connected in the community to best serve LGBQIA+, trans/NB, and poly/ENM clients. I am a member of a number of these communities and providing accessible services in these areas is a core value of my practice. Please know that I am here amidst the uncertainty :)

Specialties

Relationship Issues

LGBTQIA related issues

Premarital counseling

Couples

Families

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Sexuality Based Issues

Adolescent mental health

Attachment issues

Autism spectrum disorder

Child mental health

Fees

$80

Family Therapy

$80

Couples Therapy

$50

Group Therapy

$75

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Group Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Training / Certifications

PREPARE/ENRICH- facilitator

Licensure

NJ, LAMFT, 37FA00001000

Education

Doctoral Candidate (ABD)- Antioch University of New England (PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy)

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy- Seton Hall University

B.A. Psychology- Ramapo College of New Jersey

Work History

I have been working in the therapy field since 2010, when I started as a group aide in social skills groups for children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. I started seeing my own clients in 2013 as part of my clinical internship during my master's program at Seton Hall University. Over the course of my clinical experience, I have worked as an in-home therapist, at a small town therapy clinic through my PhD program, at two community mental health centers, a Family Crisis Intervention Unit, and now in private practice. I specialize in providing relational and systemic therapy for individuals, intimate partners, & families who are in search of guidance and support through their life challenges. This may look like couples therapy, play therapy with young children, conflict resolution, working on communication, sibling work, or helping individuals navigate personal struggles. I am continuously receiving training and learning skills that will help my clients. I have worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for a number of years & have specific experience working with children, partners, & families, as well as LGBTQIA+, trans/NB, & CNM/poly clients. In addition to partner & family issues, I also work with individuals who are having difficulties managing stress, anxiety, depression, & other challenges.

Location

59 E. Mill Rd., Suite 3-201, Long Valley, 07869, NJ