Marriage & Family Therapist in Boca Raton, FL

Preferred Member

Maria Sue Butler, MFT FL Approved supervisor

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Couples Skill Building
When the Skills Are Applied the Marriage Will Thrive
Action Relational Therapy Offers Effective Therapy Centered in Relationships and Skill Building. Why couples therapy?

Aiming to regain what brought you together:
Silent tense car rides replace the lively conversations and laughter of years before. Being in the company of the person you love seems more painful than being alone. What happened? There could be many reasons why couples experience difficulties and misunderstandings that set them apart and weaken the once very close relationship. Couples therapy at ART has been successful because it focuses on partners regaining what brought them together.

For Couples Who Have Children:
When children experience problems such as substance abuse, ADHD, uncontrollable negative expressions of anger, depression, oppositional behavior, anxiety or any other life difficulty, the relationship between the parents is often affected, and the couple find themselves fighting to help and save their child, and also to maintain their own relationship. Sometimes, it is the wife who feels that she does not get enough emotional support and is parenting the troubled child alone. Her criticism of how her husband is handling the situation affects him deeply and the interactions between them are very negative, and both blame each other for what they are experiencing as parents and as a couple.

A Cycle that Repeats Itself:
Their troubled relationship is obvious to everyone in the family, and the child facing the difficulties may experience a sense of guilt, hopelessness, and isolation. Not knowing where to turn, or what to do, the child's symptoms become more recurrent and serious, as this happens, the parents become fearful and frustrated, and most of the time, their arguments increase and intensify. In response, the child reaches a crisis.

Healing Starts with you, the Couple:
Couples therapy along with family therapy will not only restore peaceful, clear communication between husband and wife, but will also greatly increase the chances for their child to regain mental and emotional health. It is not important to find out what came first, the couple's relationship difficulties or their child's symptoms. The most important goal is to achieve a general sense of well being among all members of the family. This is possible by developing skills that will greatly improve the couple's communication, and conflict resolutions styles.

For Couples without Children:
Gaining back trust, consideration, appreciation and care from the one you love becomes an important goal for couples who find themselves in a relationship crisis. It is not only important to talk about "the issues", but to develop skills that will help couples to establish calm communication without arguing and placing blame on each other. This effectively decreases the crisis couples usually face by the time they seek therapy. At ART of Florida, we facilitate skills development, which means that each spouse learns to identify and apply necessary skills.
Get help for your child or teenager. I have years of experience treating teenagers facing drug addiction, as well as young children and their families. The negative influences of substance abuse, ADHD, anger, oppositional behavior, poor impulse control and depression are decreased by learning and applying effective coping skills. This approach helps even when prior treatments have failed. Treatment serves as an opportunity to learn how to identify and apply positive skills, while recalling past successful efforts and intentions. The goal is to maintain confidence in one's own strengths, and consistently apply effective skills to decrease any type of problem.

I'm a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and the clinical director. I attend workshops and conferences to further develop as a professional and provide excellent therapeutic services. ART of Florida recommends a relational approach to treatment; a unified effort is a stronger force to end the cycle of pain and crisis.

See experienced in-home therapists in the privacy of your home. At ART, we understand that sometimes teenagers, young children or even couples may not feel comfortable visiting a therapist's office. ART offers in-home therapy services to accommodate everyone. A 24-hour hotline is available for urgent concerns.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Diplomate Of Anger Management, AAMFT, ACA
Other Languages
Payments Accepted
All Major Credit Cards Debit Aetna,United,Cigna, Tricare, Humana
Cost/Session:Group 50.00 pp Indiv 250.00
Helpful Links
2799 NW 2nd Ave Suite 117
Additional Location
6790 Taft St.
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