Mariana Scutaru Pfost, LMFT - Therapist at Grow Therapy

Mariana Scutaru Pfost

Mariana Scutaru Pfost

(she/her)

LMFT
8 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Open-minded
Virtual

I believe that if every human being had someone to provide them with unconditional positive regard, especially during the formative years of childhood, our world would be a safer place. Unfortunately, many of us don’t even make it through childhood without wounds from emotionally painful experiences. Sometimes the consequences of these experiences are long-lasting and can impact our well-being, relationships, and work. Fortunately, therapy can help. I have worked in community and university settings for the past 7 years, and I have experience treating a variety of mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, trauma, marriage/family issues, and communication challenges.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

I prefer to take a collaborative approach to our work together. In the beginning, I spend time gaining a deeper understanding of your circumstances by asking questions about you; however, I also pay attention to what your needs are from treatment. Some clients prefer structure, and homework between appointments, whereas others prefer to e

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I enjoy working with couples and families. I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, and this experience helps me understand cultural factors.

About Mariana Scutaru Pfost

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Appointments

Free consults, virtual

My treatment methods

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-established and evidence-based approach to couples therapy developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. It is influenced by attachment theory, which asserts that humans have an innate need for emotional connection and bonding with others. EFT aims to help couples understand and change negative patterns of interaction by fostering a secure emotional bond. I also use this model with individuals as I prioritize emotional exploration and expression.

Person-centered (Rogerian)

Rogerian therapy is characterized by certain key principles and techniques: Unconditional Positive Regard: The therapist creates a nonjudgmental and accepting environment for the client. This involves the therapist expressing empathy and understanding without imposing their own values or opinions on the client. Empathy: The therapist strives to understand the client's feelings and experiences from their perspective. Empathetic listening involves reflective responses, where the therapist paraphrases and summarizes the client's thoughts and feelings to demonstrate understanding. Congruence (Genuineness): The therapist aims to be authentic and genuine in their interactions with the client. This means being open and honest about their own thoughts and feelings within the therapeutic relationship. Client-Centered Focus: The focus of the therapy is on the client rather than the therapist. The client is seen as the expert on their own life, and the therapist's role is to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth. Non-Directive Approach: Rogerian therapy is non-directive, meaning that the therapist does not provide solutions or advice. Instead, the therapist encourages the client to explore their own thoughts and feelings and make their own decisions.

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