Thomas Blume, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

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I believe in change and I specialize in change--managing changes so that they occur without destroying relationships. I have created a theory of Identity Renegotiation that explains how people's lives are interlinked so that relationships can feel like traps--preventing movement and creating pain. Working with those intertwined relationships, I am able to help people retain the parts of themselves that they value while increasing their experiences of being valued by others.
I began this work as a U.S. Army sergeant in Vietnam, working with heroin-addicted soldiers.  In the years following I became a classroom teacher with young children, focusing on their emotional and learning problems. I have worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment, and I have served as a consultant to the U.S. Navy and other  family programs.  In 1983, with specialized training in the new field of Family and Divorce Mediation,  I returned to school and earned a Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University.
My publications (available on my website) have focused on ways in which people negotiate their identities in relationships--as friends, as parents and children, and as partners in intimate adult relationships and stepfamilies. My introductory textbook, Becoming a Family Counselor: A Bridge to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2006.

Dr. Thomas Blume Reaches

Bloomfield Hills MI