Dr. Ife Landsmark

(MA, MPhil, PhD)
Therapist Dr. Ife  Landsmark Photo

About Me

When many of us feel overwhelmed, afraid, in despair, and at our wits end we turn to our faith. In this space I'm asked to speak to individuals seeking Christian counseling. I've been asked to be as open about my faith and beliefs "as you feel comfortable". I invite you to review my formal profile on Better help.com for a detailed presentation of my educational experience and credentials. Here I will just share the role of my faith when counseling. I believe that faith heals. I believe that the Creator responds to our prayers and distress--just not always in the ways we ask or expect. I don't know if I believe in Angels anymore, but I do believe that God gave us family, friends, acquaintances and therapeutic contacts. As for my own faith and beliefs, I share with you that as an infant my mom Baptized me in the Catholic religion. I attended a segregated (although I didn't realize it at the time) elementary school for eight years. I went on to a Catholic, all girl's Diocesan High School for four years. Now my mom was a wise woman. She fervently believed that she could not give her children their faith. She also didn't believe that the age of reason wasn't necessarily the age of 6 or 7. Therefore, she made sure to expand our religious education. Once a month we were exposed to other religious meetings: Seventh Day Adventists; Baptists; Greek Orthodox. We even attended Jewish Synagogues where I met a lifelong friend. In the end, each of my siblings arrived at the age of reason and chose their faith beliefs. My oldest brother became an Imam in the Muslim faith; one of my sisters is Baptist and another embraced the Catholic faith; my
youngest brother is an avowed Agnostic. Guessing you're asking what about me? Well, I remember looking up catholic in the Merriam Dictionary. It said that catholic (with a small 'c') meant "whole". Well, that's me. Whenever I travel to other lands, a stranger, I look up and see a cross, a crescent something that says to me "wherever you gather in my name". I go there. So too in my practice. I don't use my own faith in counseling but has certainly occurred that my patient has inserted their own faith belief into our discourse. That's ok with me. I relate where I know--if I don't know, I ask for clarification or say I'll look it up. Basically, I believe that whatever is troubling you, my or your religious belief system is not the primary issue.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 43

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #008096-1 (Expires: 2024-06-30)


Reviews

Written by G.R. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with Ife for 3 months

Dr. Landsmark has provided excellent counselling and timely input which has helped me to progress in my treatment and I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone facing mental health problems or needing support through the difficulties of life. Her approach is sensitive yet firm and does help you to think through your own situation and be able to relate to how her examples apply to you. It has been a really helpful time and I am very grateful for the care and concern shown through the counselling process.