Mission & Philosophy
In 2012, Sharon Gold-Steinberg, PhD, Carrie Hatcher-Kay, PhD, and César Valdez, LMSW collaborated in forming Partners in Healing in order to offer education and training that integrates psychodynamic and family systems approaches with mind-body centered psychotherapy. Each of us operates an independent psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor. In all our endeavors, we share a common mission and philosophy.
Partners in Healing promotes the growth and enrichment of individuals, couples and families by providing services that integrate cutting-edge research in neuroscience and mindfulness. We also offer opportunities for training, networking, and education for other professionals. By fostering individual and relational healing and facilitating educational development, we create a stronger community.
Our Training Philosophy
Partners in Healing’s approach to teaching offers:
- Simple principles to guide practice that are derived from contemporary neuroscience, the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and the wisdom of ancient healing traditions
- A mix of didactic presentations, experiential learning and case consultation
- Strength-based learning and a deep respect for students and clients
- An environment promoting nurturance, guidance, inspiration and a sense of community for mental health and allied health professionals
Our Philosophy of Psychotherapy
- We offer services that affirm individuals’ inherent wisdom, resources, and strengths.
- We believe that symptoms or dysfunctions represent individuals’ or families’ efforts to adapt given the resources available to them at points of stress or crisis.
- We recognize that individuals often seek help when those original survival strategies become problematic or maladaptive.
- We honor how individuals and families have coped and help them to develop additional insights, skills, and resources to move forward.
- Empathy, respect, curiosity, and compassion are cornerstones of our practice.