Trey Duckett, LMHCA

Trey provides a focus on couples counseling using his training in the Gottman Method. He also provides individual counseling for adults and teens using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Trey graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Indiana.

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Get to know Trey Duckett, LMHCA

How do clients change in counseling? What is the mechanism of change? The motivation for change?

I operate off the assumption that every person has the capabilities necessary to bring change into their lives. Counseling creates an accepting environment where we clarify your goals and needs and collaborate on the path toward growth and change. In my office, we examine the strengths that you have as an individual and focus on how we can use those to make measured changes to improve your life. In couples counseling, I focus on both relational and individual strengths. I will provide ways to harness those strengths to improve the functioning of the relationship and increase satisfaction within it.

What research, teachers, or mentors influenced your work the most? What difference did it make in your work?

Research continues to inform counselors as to how people create changes and identifies specific techniques to aid in that change process. Two of the leading researchers in the field of marriage counseling are Drs. John and Julie Gottman. The Gottmans’ research of couples has had the greatest impact on my work and informs every session that I have with a couple. Within their research, the Gottmans identified specific factors that determine whether marriage relationships are healthy and thrive or if they end in divorce. In my work, I specifically provide education on these factors and then implement strategies to assist the couple in building a relationship that works for both of them.

Barry Duncan and Scott Miller’s treatment outcome research also extensively impacts my work as a clinician. Trusting client strengths and insights provides opportunities to achieve stronger outcomes than what is possible by just a theory driven, medical model approach. I work to individualize treatment for each client while using research-informed interventions to cater to their specific personality, strengths, and worldview.

What is the purpose of your professional work? In other words, why do you do what you do?

I became a counselor because of my passion for people. I love talking to others and am honored to meet with people amidst life’s challenging experiences. Looking back on my own life, there were times when I wish I had a trusted counselor to help work through problems. Thankfully though, I also have had times in which counseling has been extremely helpful and has shown me the benefits it can produce.

I have a strong passion for working with couples. Research overwhelmingly demonstrates that relational health is critical for each individual’s overall well-being. Relational health impacts every area of a person’s life. My desire is to change lives on the individual level to see greater relational and mental health. I also want to work to create a broader impact and bring mental health conversations, research, and resources to members of our community. These missions provide me with the motivation and desire to strive towards making a meaningful impact in every way that I can.

Why did you choose to work at Family Psychology of South Bend?

I chose Family Psychology of South Bend because of the values that the practice is built on. Here at FPSB, we value helping people deeply and constantly learning and growing in our ability to do that. Together, the staff works as a team to ensure that we are always refining our ability to provide great counseling services to individuals, couples and families in our community. The staff also ensures that each client feels cared for and that they are provided with great counseling from a counselor who is a good fit for them. I am proud of the work we are doing and the impact being made on people across our community.