Rhoda Fuchs-Morton


Therapeutic Philosophy and Therapeutic Modalities
The therapeutic process is informed and shaped by the following therapeutic theories:
Family Systems Theory (specifically Contextual Therapy and Bowen Family Systems Theory)
Psychodynamic Theory
Transpersonal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy
Sandtray Therapy
Mind/Body Therapies
Energy Psychology
EMDR Process Work
Addictions Treatment
Wellness Philosophy (care of physical body and nutrition)
The following therapeutic modalities and techniques are utilized and integrated into the therapy process depending upon the problem ,and the stage of growth, healing and change in the client's life. Either I utilize the modalities stated bellow or a referral to a highly skilled practitioner is made.
Family of Origin Work
Sandtray Therapy
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy
Mind/Body Therapies
Neorotransmitter Testing
Mindfulness Practices
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
EMDR Process Work
Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery
Deep Relaxation
Emotional Freedom Technique
Process Accupressure
Massage Therapy
Yoga Therapy
Age Regression
Breath Work
Art Therapy
Nutritional Counseling
Active Imagination
Healing Rituals

The following therapeutic principles inform and guide the therapy process:
  • Ongoing and comprehensive assessment and understanding of all aspects of people's lives is important in finding the most helpful therapeutic interventions.
  • Each person's path to healing and psychological growth is particular to their familial, social and cultural background. The therapist needs to attend carefully to each person's developmental history, how problems have been addressed in the past and the particular way that people understand their problems.
  • Careful assessment and understanding of people's history allows the therapist to move clients into the most appropriate and helpful therapeutic approach.
  • A broad base of clinical knowledge and understanding, many years if clinical practice and personal growth in the therapist's own life allows a therapist to practice most effectively.
  • Addressing people's problems holistically, meaning from a mind, body, spirit perspective as well as the understanding of the developmental changes and stages of growth that all human beings progress through is essential to sound therapeutic help. Assisting individuals, families and couples to navigate developmental impasses in growth is part of the therapeutic work.
  • Finding the "right/best" fit between client and therapist is an important part of establishing a helpful therapeutic relationship. Each therapist has their particular way of working with honed strengths and particular therapeutic approaches. It is important for both the therapist and the the client to assess if the fit is right for the particular problem at hand. Referral to other therapists and outside resources is part of a highly skilled therapist's way of working.
  • Clients benefit from utilizing as many therapeutic resources as possible. Referral to outside supportive resources is important.
  • Assisting clients to increase resources for self-care and finding resources within their familial and social context is important to growth and change.
  • Addressing intergenerational and family of origin dynamics is essential to psychological growth.
  • Careful attention to assisting people to depend upon their own strengths and resources for psychological growth is important versus becoming dependent upon a therapeutic relationship.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive assessment and understanding of all aspects of people's lives is important in finding the most helpful therapeutic interventions.
  • I work as a Contextual Family Therapist addressing individuals, couples and families problems within a framework that pays close attention to the balance of fairness in close relationships and the process of defining oneself and achieving psychological growth in relation to one's family of origin. The Contextual approache emphasizes how human beings psychological growth is inherently tied to and dependent upon the degree and quality of loving and trustworthy relationships within each individual's intergenerational family legacy and the social context of supportive and nurturing relationships. I pay close attention to finding as many opportunities and therapeutic resources appropriate to the particular problem at hand both within people's family context and within the therapeutic community of professionals to assist individuals to both free themselves of debilitating symptoms and establish patterns of deeper psychological growth and change. I use the most appropriate therapeutic techniques from both psychological perspectives as well as alternative healing practices. As a therapist I recognize the innate healing capacity that all human beings have to grow and change when given opportunities to talk with others who matter in their lives and find ways to be able to relate in a more trustworthy way, as well as find supportive and healing relationships within the therapeutic community. Healing happens in dialogue with self and others, and the therapist facilitates the process by assisting individuals to utilize untapped resources within themselves as well as within their interpersonal context. Finding as many resources as possible in a variety of places and modalities is essential to the process of change and healing.