Cheri Timko, M.S., LPC, GCT, ALPS
Lead Psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer
I will work to help you improve your relationship as long as you want me to. My job is to provide a roadmap of how to improve things and to instill hope that things can really get better. I am thoroughly committed to helping every couple have a great relationship. Each couple is unique and has different needs. When those are met, you really can have a great relationship with your current partner.
I love the challenge and creativity necessary to find the right tools to help each couple work through their issues. I am constantly reading and learning new skills to teach to clients. If you work with me during two different time periods, I will have instituted new ideas into counseling, so you will be exposed to new tools and techniques.
My strengths are:
• the ability to look at a problem from several perspectives
• the desire to tear a problem apart and find good solutions to fix it
• lots of training focusing on relationships from the perspective of individuals and couples
• 20 years specializing in helping couples find their way to having great relationships.
Traditional bio info
I grew up in the DC/Baltimore area. I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in psychology from the University of Baltimore. My family and I moved to the Fairmont area in 2009. I live with my husband of 20 years and three children.
In 2011, I established Timko Counseling Services, LLC. In 2022, the practice was renamed the Couples Counseling Center to better describe our mission. This was my second successful private practice counseling business.
I bring 20 years of private practice experience as well as 30 years of overall mental health counseling services to the community.
A lifelong learner, I have extensively studied the work of several prominent relationship experts in Counseling including the following:
– John and Julie Gottman
– Brene Brown
– Harriet Lerner
I am certified in Relationship Enhancement and am the only Certified Gottman Therapist in West Virginia. In addition to running Timko Counseling Services, LLC, I homeschool my children, raise chickens, and am a traditional foodie.