My Views on Therapy
Being a therapist is a great privilege. I feel honored to be welcomed into the lives of many wonderful people. Every day I learn so much. The issues brought up in therapy (individual, couples, or family) are the most significant, intimate, and ultimately human moments I can imagine. People share things with me they are afraid to talk about with their partners, their parents, and even things they are afraid to look at in themselves. People trust me and I feel honored to uphold that trust. I see life as the greatest gift. My two least favorite phrases are “should” and “supposed to.” Life is a complex journey filled with challenging ambiguities. We try our best to avoid making mistakes, yet mistakes are essential to learning and growth.
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Life is an opportunity to learn, to share, to create, to be grateful, and to experience deep connection with others. Quite often we don’t choose our circumstances; they are thrust upon us. At best we get to choose our attitude and our actions in the face of sometimes unavoidable adversity. This is the context for most of my therapeutic relationships.
People come to therapy when faced with suffering and adversity. They want to know what to do. They want different results. Therapy is a creative collaborative conversation designed to help people restructure their thoughts, feelings and behaviors resulting in increased health and integrity.
About Steve Seliger, LMFT
Steve Seliger is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist living in Salt Lake City Utah. He has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has done postgraduate work at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Mr. Seliger has been in practice for over 20 years where he has worked in residential and outpatient treatment, corporate consulting, and been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah. He currently runs his own marriage and family practice in Sugarhouse, Utah.
In his private practice, Mr. Seliger specializes in:
- Overcoming marital, relationship struggles
- Teaching communication and conflict management skills
- Helping people find joy, purpose, and significance in life
- Overcoming sexual difficulties (individual and couples)
- Recovery from affairs and other betrayals
- Managing parent-child conflicts
- Treatment of depression, anxiety, phobias
- Recovery from sexual abuse
- Ending physical, emotional, verbal abuse
Steve was born and raised in New York, lived in Pennsylvania for 11 years, and has spent the past two decades enjoying life in Utah. Before practicing family psychology Steve was an outdoor instructor who guided mountaineering, skiing, caving, and kayaking trips. Outdoor recreation continues to be a significant part of his life.