Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S
Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, serves as the Director of Training, Supervision and Consultation at the Center for Relational Care in Austin, Texas.
Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. In addition to seeing clients, Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads trainings in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context.
As Marshall is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, more writing opportunities are emerging which have become a passionate point of interest for him.
It is in common searches & shared risks that new ideas are born,that new visions reveal themselves & that new roads become visible.
Henri J. M. Nouwen,The Wounded Healer
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Marshall shares an inspiring story of his work with a young man who one day simply said to Marshall,I can’t understand why a guy who looks like you could understand someone like me?
A Crucial Early Mistake
Marshall tells the story of having to be thefirst point of contactat a hospital, for a family who had just experienced a tragedy, and how he didn’t do what he knows he should have done.
The first thing that keeps me going–my why–is my faith. It’s taught me to be a good steward and not to waste an ounce of my own suffering.
- Get your own therapy, get your own therapy, get your own therapy!
- Go to trainings and get educated. However, pace yourself, and consider how these trainings integrate with your own healing and your own personal point of view.
- Be aware of the metaphors all around you and use them in session.
Marshall’s go-to books
- The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society, Henri J. M. Nouwen
- Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), Bonnie Badenoch