We had the good fortune of connecting with Athen Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Athen, what principle do you value most?
Authenticity – being myself and true to myself and allowing others to also be who they are. Much of my work as a marriage and family therapist, working with couples and individuals, is going on the journey with clients to uncovering, discovering, embracing and living more fully in their authentic self and being able to honor, respect and love that self. In couples work, it is more about being your authentic self, showing up and that being accepted and supported by your partner- a soft space to land. The true self is nurturing, growth-oriented, loving and wants what is best for ourself and significant others.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Love Story Therapy is my private practice where I provide couples and individual therapy. My motto is “the rest of your story is yet to be written.” I believe we all come to the place we are at with a story, mostly impacted by our relationships with important people in our lives, and our story with love. Love is complex, has all the parts or elation, hopes, dreams, connection, but also has the other side or rejection, loneliness, pain and abandonment at times. I am here to help clients (and their partners or family members) understand and make sense of their story thus far and author the story they want in the future by changing things in the present and healing the past.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would get coffee at Peixoto, take a hike up South Mountain and explore, then we would go to brunch at San Tan Brewery in Chandler, and afterwards we would lay out by the pool, relax and swim at one of the great local resorts like the Omni Montelucia or the Fairmont Princess.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
ICEEFT and the folks and colleagues in my community of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – this model is my guide and my safe place and secure base that orients and guides me in my sessions and work with clients. I am so grateful for all my friends, family and colleagues who have supported me and been there for me along the way during my own growth and learning.

Website: www.lovestorytherapy.com

Instagram: @lovestorytherapy

Facebook: Facebook.com/lovestorytherapy

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