Fawn M. Clark: Good Therapy Happens

Join PghPsych in welcoming Fawn M. Clark, MA, NCC, LPC to our growing family of professional therapists!  Fawn brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our practice and we are pleased to welcome her! Discover more about Fawn and her talents in today’s blog post.

In Good Heath,

What kind of services do you provide as a psychotherapist?

I use a variety of modalities: CBT, DBT, RT, and Gestalt to aid in the treatment of substance abuse, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, stress and anger management, bipolar disorder, couple and marital counseling.

What does good therapy mean to you?

Good therapy starts with having a trusting partnership between therapist/client to do life-changing work. Life-changing because when a client comes to therapy it is because there is pain; something off or out of his/her control. As the relationship strengthens, clients become more comfortable and see that positive change is possible. That is when good therapy happens.

What is the last book you read or movie you saw?

The last movie I saw was “Room”.  I recently learned that the actress who portrayed “Ma” won an Oscar award. It is a story about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of pain and tragedy. The last book I read was  “The 5 Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman. It is about how we feel and show love differently.

What prompted you to become a therapist?

Growing up my grandmother provided home-health care to people in her home who didn’t have family. I saw their pain and loneliness. I began reaching out to them, if only to smile, to sing to them, to draw them pictures. I was happy to ease those feelings of pain and aloneness. I was also the friend that everyone talked to about problems. I think those things prompted my journey to becoming a therapist.

What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

I became a cat person. I was a dog person throughout my life. Recently I inherited a fluffy black cat named Pretty Girl, who won me over. Dogs are pretty transparent. They love you, they’re happy, or they’re hungry. I have learned that cats are different creatures. She is independent, moody, loving (when she wants to be) and doesn’t need me as much as she lets me think she does. Learning her moods has been a comical process for me. It has taught me patience and that the relationship is the reward for my patience in getting to know, and love her.

What is your life philosophy?

Try to treat others the way I want to be treated, forgive (it really is for you), and just love. At the end of the day, to me, that is what matters.

How would you describe yourself in three words: 

Resilient, Nurturing, Listener.

Who or what is my greatest inspiration?

My parents are my inspiration and my family. My parents have been married 52 years. They have shown me that life and relationships aren’t about perfection, they are about not giving up; keep trying, keep moving forward. I have learned that the word failure only means I now know what doesn’t work, so I’ll try something else.

Fawn M. ClarkIf you are looking to make positive changes in your life, we can help! Please give us a call at 412-367-0575 or email us at admin@pghpsychotherapy.com to schedule an appointment with Jennifer.

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