Monique provides compassionate and skilled therapy to clients struggling with a variety of issues. She customizes therapy to each client's individual needs and goals, identifying modes of support that best serve the client. Monique's counseling touches on a wide range of issues and solutions, with particular specialty in the following services.
“Brain chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information. But curiosity is uncomfortable because it involves uncertainty and vulnerability… especially with emotions.” - Brené Brown, Rising Strong
In individual therapy sessions, Monique focuses on providing the constancy and compassion that help clients dig in and discover the truths they carry inside.
“Love is a constant process of tuning in, connecting, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing, and finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again, minute by minute and day by day.” - Dr. Sue Johnson
Monique works both with couples that are seeking to resolve difficult issues and with couples that are hoping to build a strong foundation on which to grow their relationship. As an open and unbiased presence, Monique helps couples identify their patterns and dynamics while developing communication and relationship skills for a strong future.
Children's Play Therapy
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato
Monique witnesses remarkable healing when children experience the trusting and supportive presence associated with child-centered play therapy. The children are able to direct their own relief, showing the therapist and other adults in their lives what they need to heal.
"It is now clear to me that the family is a microcosm of the world. To understand the world, we can study the family: issues such as power, intimacy, autonomy, trust, and communication skills are vital parts underlying how we live in the world. To change the world is to change the family."
- Virginia Satir
In a supportive and safe environment, Monique helps all types of families address issues that impact their ability to engage with each other in the way they would like. By meeting each family member where they are, Monique builds trust and empathy that strengthens the family as a whole.
“Seeking protection from its pain and pleasures misses its purpose: marriage prepares us to live and love on life’s terms." - Dr. David Schnarch, Passionate Marriage
For many couples, premarital counseling is the perfect opportunity to solidify the foundation they have already been building. Monique provides couples a structured path for learning about and understanding each other as well as the personal dynamics, communication styles, strengths and challenges that exist within their relationship.
Aspire Counseling provides many additional services, including:
- Support groups
- Grief counseling
- Parenting education
- Help with anxiety or depression
- Christian counseling
- Art therapy
- Infertility support
- Sandtray therapy
Seminars and workshops
If you are interested in hiring Monique to provide a workshop to your organization, please fill out the form below.
Each workshop is designed to be completed in eight hours and can be structured as needed for your group (for example: two 4-hour sessions or eight 1-hour sessions). The fee to host a workshop is $1200.
Monique provides workshops on a variety of topics:
Marriage and Enrichment Workshop
This workshop helps couples explore and strengthen their relationships using the Prepare/Enrich assessment and materials. Prepare/Enrich is a scientifically proven program that makes a significant impact in the lives of couples through increased awareness, objective results, meaningful conversation, and important skill-building techniques to strengthen the marriage foundation.
Parenting Enrichment Workshop
Through skill-building exercises, couples develop insights into their parenting styles, family dynamics, strengths, and growth areas — and how each of these influences parenting. The couple will explore their parenting stressors with their partner and walk away with a better understanding of each other and the tools to be the kind of parent they always wanted to be.
A Heart That Can Handle Anything
In this workshop, participants learn to hold on to their true selves in the midst of expected and unexpected change. We discuss strategies and experiences around the stressors of change and gain insight into how individuals respond within these situations. Participants leave with a better understanding of how to cope with life stressors and how to create a heart that can handle anything that life brings.
The Insightful Couple
This workshop helps couples navigate engaged life and prepare for marriage by utilizing the Prepare/Enrich assessment. Couples gain insight about different aspects of their relationship, including: communication styles, relationship dynamics, growth areas, and strengths. The couple improves areas that are foundational in marriage, such as conflict resolution, communication, and intimacy.