Evelyn Schmechtig-Cochran, M.A.,LMFT
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
My name is Evelyn and I am the owner of Windows of Opportunity Counseling Services. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been practicing psychotherapy for 26 years. My parents emigrated from Germany and Brazil. From this background, I inherited a great interest in culture and a lively yet down-to-earth and logical style. I strive to be sensitive and compassionate and people tell me I have a lighthearted yet calming presence. When I am with people my aim is to provide an open, curious, encouraging and safe healing space.
My specialties include trauma resolution, marital and couple therapy, and family counseling. My heart's desire is to help people heal themselves and their most important relationships. Attachment theory is my primary orientation. I believe that feeling securely connected to those most important to you is the foundation of growth and productivity. I just love this quote, "Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away." ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
I have a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in Communicative Disorders, an M.A. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Counseling from the International School of Theology, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in southern California. I have specialized training in trauma resolution using EMDR and Life Span Integration and intensive training in couples and family therapy using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Techniques. I am in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Contact me, I'd love to help.