Arlene Brewster, Ph.D

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Do you and your partner seem caught in an endless cycle of bickering over unresolved conflicts?

Has your relationship never really healed from past infidelity?

Have you realized that early experiences with sexual or physical abuse, parental rejection, or shaming has profoundly affected your life?

Have you suffered from childhood or adult trauma?

Dr. Arlene Brewster can help you cope with these difficult issues and live a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

Specializations:

Dr. Brewster is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of the following:

·         couples therapy

·         depression

·         anxiety

·         trauma

·         relationship issues

·         blended families

·         domestic abuse

·         adjustment to illness

·         grief and loss

·         military couples

·         gay and lesbian issues

About Dr. Brewster:

Dr. Brewster earned an M.A.T. at the University of Chicago, where she was an intern  teacher at the Shankman Orthogenic School under Dr. Bruno Bettelheim. As a result of that experience she became interested in pursuing a career in psychology and earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her professional positions have included the following:

Therapist for individuals and couples for over twenty years.

Assistant director of an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents.

Behavioral specialist in a family practice residency program where she trained medical residents in the psychological dimensions of medical care.

Clinical faculty teaching medical students a curriculum in both psychology and ethics.

Presenter at medical education conferences.

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Dr. Brewster is an empathic and experienced therapist, who believes in the resiliency of the human spirit, and the people’s ability to successfully deal with challenges and adversity.  

Dr. Brewster is married and has three children and three grandchildren. One of her children was a combat officer in Iraq.  As a result, she has developed a special interest in treating military personnel and their families.

 

 

Additional Training

Dr. Brewster has taken the following specialty trainings:

·         Advanced Training in Emotionally focused Couples Therapy (EFT).  EFT  focuses on the emotional perspectives  both partners bring to their relationship. It helps partners get to the reasons why they are unable to solve conflicts or   stop their destructive cycles of interactions.

·         Advanced training in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).  IFS is very effective treatment for people in a wide variety of difficult situations. It is a recognized therapy for treating both childhood and adult trauma survivors.

 There is extensive information about both of these therapeutic techniques on the web.

Please visit her website: www.brewsterphd for more information. Dr. Brewster accepts most insurances.

Dr. Brewster Reaches

Kittery Maine  and  the nearby seacoast towns

Portsmouth New Hampshire and nearby towns

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Successful therapeutic outcomes begin with a strong client-therapist team to tackle the problems the client presents. In order for this team work to happen, the client must feel safe talking about painful and sensitive issues. I do my best trying to create that safety by providing a professional, accepting, non- judgmental environment. As a therapist, I do not try to fix you. Instead I try to help you access your best self.We do this by dealing with the negative and fearful thoughts, unregulated behavior, and difficult relationships that are rooted in shame, anger, self-loathing, and toxic memories. It is sometime very challenging work, but the result can be a richer, deeper, and more satisfying life.
 
I work with patients with depression, anxiety, and those undergoing stressful life events. I also work with several special populations: straight, gay, and lesbian couples, blended families, chronically ill populations, domestic abuse survivors, and both active military personnel and veterans, including those who have been in combat. I have done extensive therapy with people who have undergone childhood sexual, physical and psychological abuse from parents, family members, and religious staff.
 
I am committed to participating ongoing in advanced training in new theories and techniques. In the past few years I have trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in order to enhance my proficiency in couples work.
 
Research in the efficacy of EFT has indicates that couples generally show a marked improvement in their  relationship using their new skills. Sue Johnson, founder of EFT has written a book for couples,” Hold Me Tight” describing the approach. In 2017-2018 I am taking intensive training in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS). I have already found this therapeutic system to be very powerful in helping people overcome problematic thoughts and behaviors. It is particularly effective with clients who have suffered from trauma, but has wide application in a variety of situations. Both these techniques have extensive website information.
 
I received a B.A from Skidmore College, an M.A.T from the University of Chicago and a PhD. from the University of Michigan.I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Maine Psychological Association.I am a provider for most, major insurances including, Anthem, BlueCross and Blue Shield, Tufts, United Health Care, Tricare, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna, Aetna, Maine Care and Community Health Options.
 
 You can find additional information at my website: www.brewsterphd.com. Please call me with any questions.


Dr. Arlene Brewster Reaches

Kittery Point ME