Cherry McKinstry
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I specialize in working with couples and adult individuals.

I am passionate about exploring and strengthening romantic relationships, your relationship with yourself, and connections with others around you. In my role as your therapist, I walk with you through the complexities of your life so you may curate more choices and awareness to foster the type of relationship that brings you peace and satisfaction.

What you can expect when working with me:

I am a process-focused attachment therapist— this means our collaborative work delves into understanding the intricacies of your experiences— cultivating awareness around your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

 

I firmly believe that you are the expert of your life. However, anxiety, stress, grief, and other factors may be disorienting and there may be a momentary loss in clarity. In the initial sessions, you may expect a lot of questions as I aim to understand your past, present, and aspirations for the future, especially in terms of relationships.

 

I encourage that my clients do the “work” between sessions—whether it is contemplation or utilizing specified skills/strategies. Throughout our sessions, you might notice moments where I gently interrupt— this is to grasp the nuances of your thoughts and feelings. These interruptions are intentional, helping us uncover your experiential process and identify areas where you may feel stuck. My approach is rooted in compassion, guiding you through self-discovery and understanding, fostering a deeper sense of your relationship dynamics.

Fun Facts: My husband is an identical twin and we are parents to identical twin boys.
Cherry sees adults and couples virtually and in our NLR office. 
Cherry McKinstry
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I specialize in working with couples and adult individuals.

 

I am passionate about exploring and strengthening romantic relationships, your relationship with yourself, and connections with others around you. In my role as your therapist, I walk with you through the complexities of your life so you may curate more choices and awareness to foster the type of relationship that brings you peace and satisfaction.

What you can expect when working with me:

I am a process-focused attachment therapist— this means our collaborative work delves into understanding the intricacies of your experiences— cultivating awareness around your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

 

I firmly believe that you are the expert of your life. However, anxiety, stress, grief, and other factors may be disorienting and there may be a momentary loss in clarity. In the initial sessions, you may expect a lot of questions as I aim to understand your past, present, and aspirations for the future, especially in terms of relationships.

 

I encourage that my clients do the “work” between sessions—whether it is contemplation or utilizing specified skills/strategies. Throughout our sessions, you might notice moments where I gently interrupt— this is to grasp the nuances of your thoughts and feelings. These interruptions are intentional, helping us uncover your experiential process and identify areas where you may feel stuck. My approach is rooted in compassion, guiding you through self-discovery and understanding, fostering a deeper sense of your relationship dynamics.

Fun Facts: My husband is an identical twin and we are parents to identical twin boys.
Cherry sees adults and couples virtually and in our NLR office. 
Education
Core Skills Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Dr. Kathryn Rheem – ICEEFT

Externship – Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Dr. Kathryn Rheem – ICEEFT

Certified Facilitator, Prepare and Enrich

Level 1 Certified, Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Master of Arts: Clinical Psychology, MFT, Azusa Pacific University
Practices
Couple Therapy

Unresolved Conflict

Differing Values/Cultures

Repeated Emotional Ruptures

Parenting Adjustment/Differences

Partner’s Health Diagnoses

Infidelity

Premarital/Preventative

Individual Therapy

Depression, Anxiety

Trauma

Regret, Shame

Attachment Styles

Relationship Issues

Life Changes

Cultural Diversity

Discernment Therapy

Co-Parenting Coaching

Insurance
Cash only. Can offer a superbill.