The average couple waits six years before seeking help. Start now.
Some possible areas of focus in couples counseling/Marriage Therapy
- Healing from an affair
- Endless arguments/communication
- Feeling distant/growing apart
- Recovery from relational hurts
- Sex and intimacy
- Differences in parenting style
- Transitions in family dynamics and structure
Couples seek therapy for many reasons
You and your partner joined lives in an expression of optimism and love. Over time, however, your relationship has changed.
Perhaps you've drifted apart and you miss the emotional connection you once had.
Perhaps you're in a hostile relationship with no room for the intimacy and respect you both need. You feel trapped behind a wall of anger, loneliness, and depression.
As distance grows between you, normal conflict and stress escalate into negative cycles that chip away at trust and security. Stuck in this hopeless pattern, you suffer tremendously.
Like many couples, you may need help to remove these barriers to close connection. Couples therapy may be the help you need.
Gain understanding and learn skills
Couples therapy can help you understand yourself, your partner, and the patterns of interaction between you. It can be hard work, but if you put in the time and effort, you can learn how to communicate, to speak your truth and listen with respect and caring.
I will teach you skills that will help you discover and express your emotions. The increased empathy and understanding you develop for yourself and each other will help you break the negative patterns now holding you apart. Through couples therapy, you can create the change you desire for yourself and a closer, more intimate relationship.
If your partner isn't ready for couples therapy
Although it can be disappointing when your partner isn’t willing to join you in couples therapy, you can do your part in "couples-sensitive" individual therapy. My approach acknowledges an inner life and encourages the development of your capacity to be self-reflective using mindfulness skills. You can discover more about yourself and explore new ways of being in a relationship. Though you can’t change others, you can change your own reactions in stressful situations.