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.

Our Mission

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.