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Maxine Dumser

San Diego Marriage & Family Therapist

Taking that first step to go to therapy is usually the most difficult step of the entire process. Choosing who will be your therapist can be the second most difficult step. As you read my website, it is my sincere hope that you find the information you need to determine I am a good fit for you and/or your family. I believe that having a genuine connection between the therapist and client is foundational to having a successful experience in therapy.

I provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to share and feel heard. Every client has his or her unique way of relating to others and learning, which significantly impacts what kind of therapy, will be effective. My therapeutic approach is to come alongside my clients to explore, encourage, and support them in the therapeutic process while developing skills to take with them as they continue on their own personal journey. I help client to use personal strengths to overcome obstacles hindering growth to one’s full potential.

When engaging in the therapeutic process, I utilize a variety of different therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and solution focused therapy. I consistently view clients through the lens of developmental stages and attachment styles.

Specific skill sets I encourage in treatment include: restructuring insecure attachment styles, establishing and maintaining practical boundaries, effective communication, restructuring self-concepts to reflect truth, anger management, personalized coping skills, conflict resolution, and positive parenting.

I work with all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, spiritual beliefs, economic status or sexual orientation. I specialize in children of all ages, adolescents, individual adults and families. I have specialized training in attachment, grief and loss, trauma, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and integration of faith in therapy.

I believe that as life continues we are constantly changing in the way we look, act and what we are capable of doing yet the soul remains the same, as God created it to be. The process much like a crawling caterpillar that is transformed into a butterfly that flies. Therapy can be difficult at times but sometimes therapy can help one get through that transformational process we call life.

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