It’s inspiring and life changing work for me and my clients.
Because many people haven’t heard of financial therapy, I usually get asked “What is that?" followed by "I didn’t know therapists are available who specialize in money?!”. Financial therapy is a newer field of specialists, and we work individually one-on-one or with partners in relationship counseling.
Here are some of the key things that counseling around money can provide:
Conflict resolution and developing shared agreements
Often, people come when they’re fighting about money. They’re in conflict and need help seeing a way through it.
Inquiry to discover core values around money and identify stumbling blocks
We often aren’t aware of our personal dynamics around money. Some of my clients have consulted books or a financial planner and they come to me because they aren’t sure what’s getting in the way.
Help to create a financial wellness plan
If you’re like many people, you’ve never heard of a financial wellness plan! I created the idea of a wellness plan because working with money is more than the absence of debt or reducing the fights you have over money. My goal is to help you thrive with a sense of financial health and wellness! A wellness plan is an essential component of this work. A financial therapist should be skilled at helping people craft short, medium, and longer term goals. For my clients, this includes a values-based plan to spend time and money in a new way.
Navigate new norms and blending finances in unique relationships
I especially enjoy working with a variety of relationships, including LGBT and polyamorous folks, because open and honest dialogue about money is often missing in our intimate relationships. Each of the items listed above is a useful and emotional process within all relationships, and there are some very unique elements to this work in LGBT and polyamorous relationships.
I am always grateful and deeply appreciative of the hard work my clients do with me to navigate this difficult topic that has so often been a missing piece of our emotional work. Each of us has a relationship to money, and being thoughtful about it brings all the unique beauty of our cultural and family history, as well our struggle, new ideas and circumstances to the table.