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Ms. China Oughton, LMFT
She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed her Masters of Science in Martial and Family Therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She acquired a diverse range of clinical experience through her training in The Family Institute's Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic and the Parents In Charge (PIC) Clinic located in Chicago, IL. She has previous training and experience working in crisis intervention from a therapeutic day school focusing on children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral and emotional constraints. She is a Pre-Clinical Fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of EMDRIA.
Clinically, she enjoys working in a relational context with couples, co-parents and families looking to de-escalate conflicts, build connection, emotionally regulate and progress through life-transitions. She eagerly welcomes clients from a diverse range of ethnic and religious backgrounds and identify as a LGBTQ affirmative and informed therapist. She believes in using the strengths and values each individual carries to create a platform for change and accomplish co-created goals.
She works with clients collaboratively, uses an empirically informed treatment model and prioritize the client-therapist alliance. Additionally, she is trained in EMDR therapy, which she can use supplementally to traditional psychotherapy or as a stand-alone treatment method. She has a nonjudgmental, validating and directive style and focus on creating safety and transparency. Theoretically, she uses an integrative, systemic model and gravitates towards cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), experiential techniques, as well as, mind-body connection and mindfulness strategies. Problem sequence identification, exploration and reformation are also key pieces of her work.
Areas of clinical interest: couples therapy, co-parenting, child and adolescent behavioral therapy, and treatment of trauma.