Hi, I’m Athena McCullough
I am so excited to connect with you! You are about to take a step that can feel scary and vulnerable. I want to make this process as warm and inviting as possible, because your therapy session should be the safest place in the world for you.
Relationships are defining. They can create safety and comfort or harm and danger. I specialize in relational work with my clients. Whether that is with individuals, looking though the lens of their relationships; with couples, working on how they relate to each other or helping them become even better parents; or whole families who want feel closer and more connected with each other. I also work with families who have been court ordered to Reunification Therapy.
Counseling can seem scary and daunting! I remember my first time walking into my therapist’s office. I was completely overwhelmed with my life and my marriage. I had no idea what this process was going to be like or what to expect.
I am here to journey with you through this process as we begin to work together. You can expect our initial session to include time for us to get to know each other. I want to hear what led you to seek out counseling and what it has been like to live in your shoes. I want to know where you would like to end up when we are finished. My own story has made me passionate about working with families. What I have learned in both my family of origin and in my current family has inspired me to reach out to other families in the midst of their pain.
Kids can feel exasperating! You may have considered yourself a successful parent with your other children, but this one is just throwing you for a loop. Maybe agreeing on how to parent a difficult child best, is taking a toll on your relationship with your partner. I work with parents to discover how your own childhood impacts the way that you currently parent, to provide skills and support to help you and your child thrive, and to make sure that your relationship with your partner is not disappearing in the midst of all of the energy that parenting is requiring.
My own story has made me passionate about working with families. What I have learned in both my family of origin and in my current family has inspired me to work families in the midst of their pain.
High conflict divorce/Reunification Therapy:
High conflict divorce produces so much stress in the kids and parents that are involve. It can feel exhausting, overwhelming, and sometimes terrifying trying to navigate the legal system and manage all of the emotions that go along with that process. I support parents who are in the midst of a high conflict divorce or have been court ordered to Reunification Therapy.
The process of Reunification Therapy is designed to build up to a positive interaction between a non-time sharing parent and a child that results in a healing conversation. The onslaught of emotions that are unleashed in a court-ordered reunification case are intense and often overwhelming. This is a process, not just an event. I work with each member of the family involved to ensure that everyone is ready for that first joint meeting.
I love working with couples who are motivated to see change in their relationship. Relationships can feel bewildering. You may have tried everything that you can think of and are at your wit’s end to figure out what is wrong with your relationship. I focus on pinpointing what the actual problems are and supporting those areas so that couples can come back together and thrive.
My work is LGBTQ+ affirming, anti-oppressive, and sex positive. All identities, backgrounds, and relationship configurations are welcome and honored in this space and I’m passionate about supporting all relationships in finding their own path towards connection, intimacy, and healing.
Education and Other Credentials
- Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate LPCC.0017618
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (expected conferral August 2021)
- Prepare Enrich Certified Facilitator
- Completed Level 1 and 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Completed training in Reunification Therapy
“”I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” “