Bree Loethen, LMFT
Bree believes that every client has the potential for positive growth and that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor in that growth. She values compassion, curiosity, and open-mindedness within that relationship. Bree views the therapeutic process as a collaborative experience between therapist and client that is unique to each individual, and so encourages feedback about what is and is not working for her clients. She wants her clients to feel as though they have an active role in their journey of change. The act of telling one’s story to another can itself have healing powers and Bree honors the strength and vulnerability it takes to do so.
Bree recognizes the importance of clients’ relationship to themselves and to others. Problems often arise in these relationships when clients are stuck in feedback loops that they are unaware of, influenced by individual, interpersonal, intergenerational, and environmental factors. She works with her clients to identify what these loops are, what is maintaining them, and how to begin to do things differently. Bree believes that emotion plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of maladaptive functioning and so bases much of her work in Les Greenberg’s emotion-focused therapy and Sue Johnson’s emotionally-focused couples therapy. She helps her clients to identify their emotions, tolerate them, communicate them effectively to others, and use them to guide adaptive action. She aims to provide a safe, validating, and compassionate space for this emotional exploration. Although she pays particular attention to emotion, she also considers intervention in the realms of thought, behavior, and body. Other approaches she commonly integrates into her work include compassion-focused therapy, CBT, narrative, and mindfulness.
Bree studied psychology in her undergraduate education at Skidmore College. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, with a concentration in sex therapy. While studying at Thomas Jefferson, Bree interned at The Council for Relationships, providing therapeutic services to individuals and couples. During this time she also worked at ACTS, a women and children’s homeless shelter, conducting group therapy and family therapy sessions. Bree has experience working with a wide range of clients and has a specific passion for work with the LGBTQ community.
Bree is a certified Prepare-Enrich counselor with premarital counseling experience.