Since 1972, the Family Therapy Training Institute of Aurora Family Service has been preparing mental health professionals to guide families through turbulent times. Meet our new family therapists as they approach their August 17 graduation date.
A skilled listener, Linn Visscher chose a career path as a marriage and family therapist that plays to her strength. “I can connect with people rather quickly, whether that’s a skill or a blessing, it works,” she said.
An attorney, Linn embarked on a new career endeavor more than two years ago. After many hours of coursework and supervised clinical experience, while working full-time, she is scheduled to graduate this month from the Family Therapy Training Institute at Aurora Family Service.
The culmination of her training was presented to an audience of her supervisors at the Institute. In her remarks, she emphasized that careful listening helps create space for the clients to engage with the therapist. As a student, she found that to be true among her supervisors and peers, as well, who gave her space to learn and grow. She was commended for her versatility in applying different theories in an effort to help clients toward resolution. “I have been completely nurtured here and I’m deeply grateful,” said Linn, whose clients directly benefit from this network of caregivers that guide couples and families toward improved relationships.
“As I leave here, I’m comfortable with the idea that I’m a collaborative therapist who works together with clients. I believe they have the answers, they just need to be shown the light.”
Aurora Family Service helps families overcome challenges, changes and crisis to live well again. We achieve stability and strength for families through counseling, parenting, elder care, financial, career, health and community services. For more information, visit our website, follow us onFacebook, or call 1-414-342-4560.