When prosperous couples or families have a difficult time talking about important topics, Don Opatrny often brings what seems like a “missing piece” to the equation. Don’s clients (and their other professional advisors) have come to appreciate his sophisticated expertise in dealing with the intense family relationship dynamics that underlie the many complex decisions, competing priorities, and other emotionally charged issues that can divide enterprising families.
Don’s unique approach blends useful techniques gathered in years of practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist together with his own firsthand family business experience. He has proven to be successful working with some of the most successful families in the country, as well as some of the most disadvantaged. He has a passion for finding what works in the context of each family’s unique circumstances. He is committed to co-discovering the steps clients are able to take in order to get them “unstuck” and bring them closer to realizing their own visions of success.
“Our clients begin to see themselves in a new way and bring new energy into relationships where positive change had begun to seem impossible.”
Don begins each engagement with efforts to deeply listen to the different perspectives of key members of the relationship system and to understand what each person thinks is needed in order to move forward appropriately. His intention is always to inspire, support, and empower couples and families to take their own action steps and to have meaningful discussions with one another on the topics that matter most to them. Don works closely with clients to create a customized consulting process which allows them to effectively meet the demands of both their family and business situations and also to develop the life-long relationship skills they need to manage effectively after the engagement. Don considers the touchstone of successful engagements the many unsolicited calls by clients sharing their satisfaction in being able to create their own solutions to new challenges as they emerge.
Don is a committed husband & father, a veteran of his own multi-generational family business, a CT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (AFHE), and the Family Firm Institute (FFI). Don has experience as a board member in multiple family businesses and in the non-profit sector, and has been appointed a judge for the Connecticut Family Business Awards by two prominent Business Journals.
Contact Don directly at 203 233-9179 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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