Can marriage & family therapy really change a
person’s brain, attitude, and past hurts?
The simple answer is, Yes! People come to therapy for a variety of reasons ranging from an immediate crisis, to past issues that might be impacting a person’s current well being. Sherri works with each person to truly empathize and understand their situation, create clear goals, and offer a safe space for to people to explore their issues. This partnership creates the essential building blocks for effective therapy.
While recent advances in neuroscience attest to the effectiveness of therapy, the role of a marriage & family therapist is crucial to that success. Exceptional listening, supportive reflection, and creativity are the key elements Sherri offers for a meaningful experience of growth and change.
A Unique Approach to Mental Health
Everyone hits emotional bumps in the road, and therapy might be the perfect place to safely explore issues. Sherri is a marriage & family therapist who combines traditional talk therapy with elements of art therapy for dynamic and engaging sessions that explore the root issues.
Sherri’s extensive training and experience in the field of marriage & family therapy has prepared her to work with people of all ages, and with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, life cycle transitions, grief, addiction, relationship issues, and family conflict.
Individuals can benefit from working with a therapist trained in the field of marriage and family therapy. Rather than blaming an individual when things get off track, family therapists reflect on the entire family system.
Marriage & family therapy can be dynamic and transformative for positive change, emotional growth, and healing. Using evidence based treatments with incredibly positive results, Sherri helps couples and families repair from past hurts, grow together, and strengthen relationships.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach, designed to rapidly reduce symptoms related to trauma and psychological distress. Relief from distress due to trauma, memories, or negative beliefs is often achieved in a few short sessions. People often report rapid relief from symptoms, and describe EMDR work as “subtle but profound” changes in daily living.
Words cannot always convey the complexity of deep emotional distress, trauma, and conflicted emotions. Creative expression can be a powerful avenue for working through topics in the therapy room – no art experience necessary. Sherri trained under one of the founders of the art therapy field and brings decades of experience into each session.
As a parent of four children, Sherri’s personal and professional experience contribute to creating a safe and dynamic setting for children and teens by offering avenues for creative expression. Therapy can empower children and teens to:
- harness emotions
- improve self-regulation
- improve self-esteem
- find relief from trauma
About Sherri Jacobs
Sherri Jacobs is the founder of Heartland Art Therapy, a trained mediator, approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, past president of the Kansas Art Therapy Association, and TEDxOverlandPark founder. She has held many civic leadership positions.
Sherri received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Friends University in Kansas City, and her master’s degree in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked for many years as an art therapist with children, adolescents, individuals, families, elderly, and people with dementia.