Imagine that you have a caring person to help you talk through your problems, listen and talk to your partner…your child…yourself. This person is compassionate. Knowledgeable. Fair. Specializes in relationships. And knows how to help you when you feel far away from everyone…
Welcome to Alkira Marriage and Family Therapy!
We are mental health and relationship specialists. Jill Weldum, LMFT, CCPT, President, AAMFT Supervisor, and AASECT member, is a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for more than 20 years. She has assembled a small, gifted group of clinicians to work together, providing you with the best couples, family, and individual therapy.
Alkira is an Australian aboriginal term that means open, sunny skies. Jill chose this name because it represents how she and her team view therapy: an endless sky of hope, warmth, and potential. From your first contact with our business manager through your experiences with your therapist, you will experience kind, bright, caring people who can provide the therapy needed to change your life.
We are Marriage and Family Therapists who believe in the power of relationships. Each of us is trained in relationship counseling: of all mental health professionals (mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists), only Marriage and Family Therapists work with couples and families for 250 of the 500 required hours prior to graduating with our Masters degrees. This means that you are sitting down with someone who has significant client experience.
Your therapist is part of a small, talented, diverse team of clinicians who work together to provide the best possible treatment for you and your relationships. We bring not only our own individual experiences, skills, and training, but the support and knowledge of our entire group.
Email or call us to begin feeling better. Once you take that step, everything will become easier.
What You Can Expect
A first appointment is typically arranged within 48 hours. After a brief email exchange or phone conversation with our intake coordinator, your concerns and needs will be shared with Jill, and you will be scheduled with the right therapist for you. When you arrive for your first appointment, you will complete brief paperwork and then meet with your therapist for 60 minutes. Our first session is a time for us to get to know each other, identify your concerns and goals, and explore various areas of you, your relationship, and/or your child’s life. At the completion of the assessment you will be rescheduled to begin treatment. Play/child sessions are typically 30 minutes, and traditional sessions with couples, adolescents and adults are typically 50 minutes.
Meet with a relationship therapist in our East Syracuse office for 4 pre-marital classes to understand good communication, managing tough topics like sex, money, kids and family, and learn more about yourself and each other. Previous attendees have said “I can’t believe how much I learned about myself and my fiance” and “We improved our communication so much!”
Classes begin Saturday, September 3 and run until October 29. The two of you will meet privately with your pre-marital therapist. Fee is 120.00 total for the 4 classes. Call or email to sign up today!