Rich Saxton earned his Bachelor’s degree from Milligan College in Tennessee. His Master’s degree is from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and he also received certification in Addictions Counseling. Rich has a temporary license in Marriage and Family Therapy, working towards his permanent IA license. Prior to working as a therapist, Rich lived internationally in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and has served as a pastor. It has been through these experiences that Rich has seen firsthand the profound impact that wise counsel and supportive listening at the right moment can have.
Rich has worked in both the private and community mental health sectors. In addressing the needs of both adolescents and adults, Rich utilizes a number of practice models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and how these impact behavior patterns and actions), Emotionally Focused Therapy (the understanding that distress in intimate relationships is often related to deeply rooted fears of abandonment), and Solution Focused Therapy (developing your vision of a desired future and enhancing your internal abilities to achieve the desired outcomes). In addition to these models, Rich operates from a person-centered and strength-based perspective, seeking to understand each client’s unique experience, as well as the skills in which they already approach the world in order to build new skills for the future.
Rich’s areas of interest include:
- Working with couples in crisis
- Marriage enrichment
- Anxiety and depression
- Relational and family conflict
- Grief and loss
- Integration of faith within therapy