I’ve been in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 15 years. I received my Bachelor’s in Human Development from U.C. Davis and my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology.
For years, I worked in a variety of therapy settings – from family service agencies dealing with crisis situations to placing children in foster homes – and ultimately came to realize that my strongest passion and greatest strengths surfaced when working with people on an individual basis where I could help people get to the root of their problems so they could heal, have more joy, and create strong and healthy relationships. I consider it a privilege to guide and support people towards living whole and rewarding lives.
How Much Therapy Do I Need?
People often ask: “How many therapy sessions will I need?” There’s no hard-and-fast, one-size-fits-all answer. While many people can make significant progress in a short amount of time, therapy is not a quick fix solution. We’ll set goals early in treatment and together, we’ll estimate a time-frame for treatment, depending on your needs. Most clients see me weekly for 3 – 6 months. Some see me on a continuing basis for several years; others require only a few sessions.
The number of therapy sessions required depends on the complexity of the issues you’re dealing with. Many clients find that the initial sessions resolve the most pressing concerns, only to uncover deeper issues that they recognize they must deal with. When that happens, we usually mutually decide to adjust our treatment plan.
I view our work together as collaborative. We’ll discuss all treatment decisions and I’ll offer recommendations, but ultimately the decisions are yours.
I recognize that my therapy style may not be the right fit for everyone, so I always explore this early in our sessions to make sure that you feel I am the right therapist for you. A good client-therapist relationship is a key component of successful therapy; that’s why it’s important to choose a therapist with whom you have good rapport.
My Therapeutic Style
If experience has taught me one thing, it’s that life isn’t black or white. Neither is therapy. No single treatment plan or therapeutic theory will be right for every client. I adapt my treatment plan to fit your needs.
Most of my work incorporates a combination of Object Relations, Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems theories. For me, these theories fit together beautifully. I help clients change their thinking and behavior to create a better life (The Cognitive-Behavioral component). But as we work together, many unconscious beliefs from the past surface and must be dealt with and understood so that you really can change your thinking and behavior (the psychodynamic component). I believe these two approaches work hand in hand. If you don’t uncover the hidden beliefs or conflicts, you won’t be able to make real change.
I believe the relationship that develops between a client and myself is representative of dynamics in other relationships (Object Relations). I see what happens in this relationship as repairing past injuries in your family of origin (Family Systems Theory), helping you reconnect with your true self, and providing you with an experience in a healthy relationship so that it can be replicated outside of therapy. As therapy progresses, clients often comment that their close relationships have improved as a result of the therapy. You will take what you learn with you, and apply it for the rest of your life.
That’s the short description of my therapeutic style. If you’d like to have a better understanding of what all this psychobabble means, I encourage you to read my quick Therapeutic Theories Primer, which will provide more specific information on each of these theories, as well as real-world case studies that demonstrate these theories in action.
Through growth in self-awareness, you’ll be able to make sense of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and be freed to choose who you want to become.
Because I understand that the first step is the hardest, I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts, questions or concerns.
Maria Lloyd, MFT
Therapist License #38399
The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist credential requires a Master’s Degree, completion of 3,000 supervised clinical hours, passing the state written and oral exams, and maintaining ongoing compliance with continuing education requirements.