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  • Whitney Sutak, AMFT

    AMFT License 124685

    Adolescent, Teen, Adult and Couples Therapist in Marin County

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    My Approach

    As an engaged, non-judgmental listener, I like to bring warmth and compassion to each session with the intent to foster a collaborative relationship where clients can feel comfortable sharing their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I strongly believe that the insights and skills gained in therapy cannot only lead to symptom relief but a more enjoyable life and an empowered, positive sense of self. I am flexible in my approach and consider the unique qualities and needs of each individual in order to provide the best care for my clients. I integrate mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques when appropriate, but much of my experience when working with clients is deeper, exploring emotional patterns and beliefs developed in childhood.

    With couples, I support the building of compassion for each other, better communication and ways to express your needs to your partner in a safe empathetic space.  I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in working with couples to help them feel more connected.  EFT approach is based on the premise that human emotions are connected to human needs, and therefore emotions have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated and worked through, can help people change problematic emotional states and interpersonal relationships.

    My Therapy Specialties

    • Children and Teen Therapy

    • Anxiety, Depression, Stress

    • Trauma diagnoses and related symptoms

    • Substance abuse

    • Suicidal, self-harm

    • Parenting Support

    • Couples counseling

    • CBT and EFT Techniques

    My Background

    I have experience working with client’s from a variety of diverse cultures, communities and backgrounds and have respect for cultural differences in values and expectations.

    I have extensive experience teaching and coaching children of all ages. As an educator and sports coach, I am most interested in the social-emotional challenges students face and the importance of creating a safe classroom environment where children could feel comfortable being themselves, taking risks, trying new activities, and engaging more fully in the learning process. 

    I understand that it can feel overwhelming to parents in an increasingly stressful, uncertain world. I am passionate about figuring out what each child needs to be successful, confident, and engaged. I support parents in their effort to understand and connect with their child in deeper, more meaningful and effective ways. 

    As a former division one college athlete, I understand how difficult it can be to cope effectively with the pressures and demands of being a student athlete. I strive to help young athletes manage those stressors and feel more confident and engaged in their sport.

    Adolescent, Teen, Adult and Couples Therapist in Marin County

    Whitney Sutak is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is supervised by Robbin Rockett, PsyD license number PSY17943. Whitney has had a career as an elementary school teacher and coach for 15+ years. Her therapeutic work includes counseling at Dominican University of California for the past three years where she worked with anxiety, depression, self esteem, and trauma related diagnoses. Whitney, as a former college athlete, also partnered with the athletics department at Dominican and worked with many student athletes, teams and coaches for a variety of mental health related concerns.