In Between the Lines was created with the vision that it would be a practice that focused solely on therapy for the system, not just the individual.
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Meet The Founder
My name is Kelley Dougherty Eubanks, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who specializes in working with couples and families.
I am a published author, associate researcher, supportive sister, new wife, and a loyal friend.
My Personal Ethos
To make positive change happen in the world.
If the system around a person never changes, no matter what changes an individual makes, he or she will never see long term results.
Systemic therapy has been proven to alleviate numerous stressors and results in long term changes as opposed to individual therapy.
I practice a type of therapy that creates space for the system to change which, in turn, creates new patterns of interaction that are proven to last longer than just simply problem solving.
I am a Certified Reiki Master
Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction that promotes healing.
In studying the way emotional health impacts physical health, I felt it was important to learn techniques of healing the spirit of a person in addition to healing the emotions so the whole body will be healed: mind, body, and spirit, which is in line with my belief in systemic therapy.
Day by day I think it is becoming very clear that our world needs to change the way we view and value mental health.
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My Professional Background
My career path was supposed to go in a very different direction.
I was originally going to be a family attorney. I always knew I wanted to work with children and that I wanted to enact as much change in the world as I could. While at work for an appellate judge, I began to search around for schools and programs, I came across courses in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I thought to myself, huh….this is interesting.
The more I read and researched, the more I was drawn to the idea of becoming a therapist. La Salle, my undergraduate college, had a program for Marriage and Family therapy and oddly/coincidentally, the deadline for the application was Friday and this was on a Tuesday.
I called, set up an interview for Thursday after work, completed the application, got accepted, and eventually graduated.
I fell in love with systems thinking and realized that I had always seen in the world through a systemic view point. As previously stated, I started in family based services then transitioned into outpatient at an agency in Philadelphia.
I have been trained in Eco-systemic Family Therapy (ESFT).
In family based, I worked closely with children of all ages, but mainly with teenagers. Some of the topics I have worked on with clients include depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, LGBTQ, transitioning as a transgender person, trauma, PTSD, grief, self-harming, and many more.
I currently work with a much younger population of clients (ages 2-13). My current work with the younger children has allowed me to focus my therapy skills on working in a therapeutic setting with parents and implementing strategies around attachment and executive functioning.
Working in two agencies has afforded me the opportunity to work with a marginalized population where socio-economic status, race, gender, income, and disabilities are real barriers.
My Personal Background
I am currently focused on my business and in my spare time I love to ride my bike, spend time with family and friends, travel, practice yoga and meditation, and most importantly take care of my body and my emotional well being.