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    About Darby Robbins

    Hi, my name is Darby Robbins!

    Before I begin talking about my own life experiences, I’d like to honor the space you are holding for yourself or your relationship in this moment. Maybe you have considered therapy for a long time. Maybe you just started the process of finding a therapist. Either way, you are here and have acknowledged that it is time to seek help.

    Many feel apprehensive about therapy because of the unknown. My office is a unique space you can feel free to cry, laugh, and be as you are in each moment. I will offer you acceptance, balance, and congruency. As your therapist, I may be your mentor, teacher, sounding board, or someone who will provide a holding space for the depths of your pain.  Most importantly in our work together, we will collaborate on your goals and I will offer you flexibility to ensure I am providing you a therapeutic experience that goes above and beyond your expectations.

    What does the actual process look like?

    First, we will set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to determine your therapeutic needs. If we decide we are a good fit by the end of the call, I will schedule your initial intake session. The intake session is two hours long and all about getting to know each other better. I will ask some demographic questions to begin learning about who you are and explore other areas of your life such as, past experiences and current experiences that led you to seek therapy. I also welcome any questions you may have for me during this time.

    What do I use to help you make the transformation?

    I have extensive experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an approach which uses a blend of philosophy, science, and mindfulness practices to help you lean into your intuition and  balance acceptance and change. It also has clear guidelines to help with interpersonal skills, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. This approach was originally formed for niche groups, but I have found it to be useful for all audiences.

    For couples, I am clinically trained in Gottman Method Level One and Two. I was initially drawn to this modality as it helps to recognize specific predictors which lead to divorce. It also teaches couples to enhance their friendship with one another, to self-soothe, and to avoid toxic cycles of arguments while simultaneously learning to get through difficult discussions. I use this methodology to emphasize the importance of shared values and rituals to help your relationship connect and create a deeper meaning in your relationship.

    My Journey

    The combination of growing in the salad bowl cultures of South Florida coupled with being homeschooled K-12 made it apparent that my life was unorthodox. Growing up in a life so different from everyone around me contributed to my high sense of curiosity about human behaviors. I come from a family of scientists, so analyzing things comes very naturally to me. Little did I know that curiosity is one of the core traits of a therapist.

     

    For many years, I babysat and nannied numerous families and found myself intrigued to have a window into their world. I noticed the things that worked well, and their underlying tensions. I feel immense gratitude for the families I worked for and for the immediate trust they placed in sharing their inner worlds with me. This drives my passion for family therapy and more specifically, counseling parents.

     

    Education 

     

    I attended Florida Atlantic University and received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology. These degrees allowed me to gain an understanding of intersectionality and strengthen my sense of multicultural awareness. During this time, I also received a certificate in Professional and Technical Writing (for fun). After I graduated, I became a Registered Behavior Technician and worked one-on-one with children who were on the spectrum and other related disorders. I felt excited to learn about the science of applied behavioral analysis but found myself driven to learn more about the emotional understanding of behaviors. I applied to Palm Beach Atlantic University and decided to pursue a dual Master of Science in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Concentration in Crisis and Trauma. During my time at PBAU, I spent a year at my internship site and developed a specialty in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Finally, I found something that addressed both my interest in behaviorism and synthesized it with the emotion and nuance I needed. Now as a therapist at Regaining Connections, I’ve been given the opportunity to use my experience to work primarily with couples. This has allowed me to continue merging my interests and do what I love, heal generational trauma.

     

    What am I doing when I’m not in the therapy room?

     

    During my free time, you will find me socializing because I am extremely extroverted. If I am home, my two cats are by my side. I enjoy traveling, writing poetry, and going to spin class. I have a passion for lifelong education, so I usually am learning about something new either formally or informally.

    I look forward speaking with you face to face and being in the presence of your energy. To reach out takes a lot of strength and honesty but if you are reading this, I believe you already are on the path of creating a life or relationship that you will thrive in.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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