Adrienne J Bentsen, MA, LMFT (she/her)
Certified Gottman Therapist, licensed in Maine and Washington
“The way to dissolve our resistance to life is to meet it face to face.”
– Pema Chodron from When Things Fall Apart
Beginning The Process
Meeting life’s resistance takes honesty, compassion, and vulnerability. This is not an easy task, especially in this fast-paced world where the demands of loved ones, careers, and our own passions may sometimes feel at odds. But, you can do this, and I am here to help. Inviting a therapist into your life is a sign of courage and strength. I commend you for beginning the process.
Couples and Individual Therapy
Often clients have a good sense of where to start, however we will discuss these formats for treatment to ensure the most supportive plan to meet your goals. In all cases my work is systemic, considering family, community, and global dynamics that may be influencing the individual or relationship.
If you are in an intimate relationship and have reached an impasse in your ability to connect and communicate, couples therapy is my specialty. I am a Certified Gottman Therapist which is an internationally renowned, evidenced-based designation in couples therapy. I help partners identify core, process issues to talk about and provide skills that increase the chances of getting seen and heard. Emotional and physical intimacy, parenthood, shared goals, finances, the interference of childhood trauma(s), work-life balance, infidelity, mistrust, "being in a rut", are just a few issues that often come up. For couples, In-person sessions are preferred but Telehealth is an option as long as you are in the same room with each other. You can read more about my process of couples therapy on the "Specialities" page.
If you are an adult looking for a confidential space to address stressors, individual therapy may be for you. I use Gestalt therapy, a here-and-now framework to help people become more connected to their self as they discuss issues they face. Some major themes are intimacy, life stage transitions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, autonomy, sexuality, creativity, authenticity, and assertiveness. You can also read more about Gestalt therapy on the "Specialties" page.
In-person Monday & Wednesday or Telehealth Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm
Office: 602 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME 04102
Office Tel: 207-200-3055
Maine Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112 (voice) or 711 (Maine relay)
The Lifeline Number (National Suicide Prevention): 1-800-273-8255