About Tricia

About Me

Tricia Foster MS LMFT NCC

Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist
National Certified Counselor

 

I am a 37-year-old family therapist who believes in the power of working with families! My life has always included children — years of babysitting, daycare and nannying, working as a teacher, helping with my 18 neices and nephews, and the joys and struggles of three kiddos in my own home. I also did a lot of intentional work throughout my 20’s to address my own individual mental health and family wounds. I know that we suffer great pains and hurts within our families, but I also know we can experience true healing and transformative change when we intentionally work with ourselves and our relationships.

I earned my Masters of Science graduate degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, with additional coursework and training specific to Marriage and Family Therapy. I continued to grow in my own clinical skills through reading, training, and years of clinical work with childhood and adolescent development, Parent Training, family and relationship work, and trauma-informed psychotherapy. I opened up my own private practice in 2022 to provide my unique services in these areas of Family Therapy. In addition to my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, animals, church, and hobbies such as reading, writing, singing karaoke, and attempting to keep my plants alive!

My Approach

I approach therapy from a developmental, behavioral, and relational perspective. Our emotions usually make sense within the context of adapting to our experiences. But maladaptations lead to dysfunctions in life and love. My aim is to help individuals and families not only understand your reactions, but to challenge unhelpful habits and then practice more functional responses to distress.

I utilize governing theories such as Object Relations and Attachment Theory, Behavioral Parent Training (BPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Systems Therapy, Trauma Informed Counseling, and skills from Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT). I believe our self-protective responses are a result of our internalized responses to life experiences, and we can change through intentional exposure, new experiences, and repeated practice with more functional responses. I see therapy as a space of learning, preparation, and practice to understand and accept distress and anxiety and to challenge how you function anxiously around others in relationships through patterns like avoidance or control. I utilize therapy to practice shifting relational and internal patterns of thought and behavior which affect our natural emotional responses. I offer family therapy, parent training, couples counseling, play therapy, child counseling, adolescent teen therapy, and individual psychotherapy for adults with family wounds, past truama, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and life changes.

In addition to being formally trained in Family Therapies and Behavioral Parent Training, I am also a trained Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) practitioner. NET is a mind-body technique that uses a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to unresolved stress patterns. I utilize this technique often when working with anxiety and trauma in individual sessions.

While I work with many individuals to process individual issues, I aim to engage everyone in relational sessions as well, to actively address the interactional and self-protective dynamics that arise when around the people in your life. I work with many relationship dynamics such as marriage, parent-child, siblings, friends, and more to improve the functional and relational skills of individuals and units.