A World of Respect

Respect is love in its highest, purest, most effective form.

It is in the experience of being genuinely and deeply respected that one can begin to heal from deep disrespect (trauma) and have the emerging ability to truly respect oneself and others.

"[Respect-Focused Therapy] represents a dynamic move forward for the mental health and social service field."
– Gena M. Minnix, Seminary of the Southwest, TX

About Susanne

LPC-S, LMFT-S 
A World of Respect (private practice) 
Austin Texas United States 

Susanne Slay-Westbrook is a forty-year seasoned therapist. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Seton Hill University in 1974 and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University in 1976. She is a LPC-S and LMFT-S and a board member of the Austin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

Susanne is the founder and owner of A World of Respect, a respect-based counseling and psychotherapy practice that helps couples, families, groups and individuals of all ages improve their relationships and behavioral and emotional conflicts at home, school, work and play. Her clientele include people who have or are experiencing relational difficulties, depression, sexual abuse, child behavioral issues, anxiety and other mental health issues.

 

She has written two books: A World of Respect (2001), which presented the early formation of what would become the basic tenets of Respect-Focused Therapy (2017), which lays out for therapists and academics her developed approach to therapy.

 
 

Services

Respect is love in its highest, purest, most effective form.

It is in the experience of being genuinely and deeply respected that one can begin to heal from deep disrespect (trauma) and have the emerging ability to truly respect oneself and others.

 

Susanne Slay-Westbrook and A World of Respect offers products and services geared toward Respect-Focused Therapy and Recovery.

Speaking/Training
Therapy/Counseling
Mediation
Supervision

Repect-Focused Therapy

“Susanne brings integrity and a deep respect for the people to her work as a psychotherapist and counselor. She is someone who has genuine empathy for human suffering and exercises good judgment in her dealings with people.”

— Steen Halling, Ph.D.,

Professor of Psychology, Seattle University

Routledge, 2016

 

Therapists have a unique opportunity and responsibility to provide a respectful environment for their clients, yet respect has not received adequate attention in the psychotherapy community and related research. Respect-Focused Therapy: Honoring Clients Through the Therapeutic Relationship and Process sets forth the formulation of respect-focused therapy (RFT), a new approach to psychotherapy that addresses the quality of the client–therapist relationship and therapeutic process. This volume treats respect as a combination of action, attitude and open-mindedness, urging therapists to recognize their own biases and beliefs and be willing to suspend them for the benefit of their clients. Using Martin Buber’s "I-Thou" relationship as a conceptual model, Slay-Westbrook provides core principles of respect and demonstrates how to incorporate these into the therapeutic relationship to best foster a healing environment.

 

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