Gerry Bruhn, LISW
My name is Gerald Bruhn. I have been a Licensed Independent Social Worker and counselor now for the past 10 years at Lutheran Family Service, and an additional 12 before that at a Family Practice agency in Minnesota. Much of the work which I have done over these years has been with couples whose marriage is in some kind of trouble; most of the time the trouble centers on communication issues. I love the challenge of enabling a couple to begin to actually talk to one another again, by arming them with some new tools such as active listening and using I statements. And once they are talking and listening to each other once again they begin to re-discover why they were attracted to each other in the first place. There is nothing more satisfying than a couple who is able to reconcile with each other, in a couples reconciliation service and move forward. The marriage that was thought to be broken and irreparable can indeed be healed.
Jaimee Nutt, LMHC
I believe in marriage and I take a proactive stance. Marriage counseling is not meant just for couples in major distress. Instead of reaching the breaking point before seeking help, I would encourage you to start counseling before then. You can learn new tools that will help to strengthen your marriage before it is teetering on the edge of a cliff. These are some of the tools that I can help you learn in counseling that will strengthen your marriage: learning healthy patterns of communication and active listening skills, becoming aware of unhelpful cycles and incorrect assumptions. I have a personal mission statement hangs on the wall in my office. It is simple: hope. faith. change. When overwhelmed, we can lose hope but faith in God begins to restore hope and with His help change can happen. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling and am credentialed in Iowa as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. With 10 years of practice, I have been with LFS for the past 6 years.