“Marriage is not a noun, it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do.”
This quote is not only accurate for marriage but for many relationships. Successful, loving relationships do not just happen to lucky people, they are the result of continuous effort. Whether you are a married couple of 20-plus years or a pair beginning a new journey, couples therapy helps relationships. It’s not uncommon for some couples to shy away from therapy due to the belief that counseling is reserved for those on the brink. Although couples therapy is often sought during an intense point in the relationship, it’s also an effective tool early on to increase connection and satisfaction. Therapy teaches couples how to manage conflict, increase effective communication, and enhance intimacy & friendship. I have worked with couples of diverse backgrounds and I’m experienced working with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and heterosexual relationships.
In couples therapy, I utilize research based theoretical models and interventions. Many couples find the Gottman Method Couples Therapy extremely helpful. Dr. John Gottman’s research shows that to make a relationship last, couples must learn skills to manage conflict, become better friends, and support each other’s hopes and dreams. I have completed levels one and two of specialized training in the Gottman Method. Learn more by watching this brief video and visiting the Gottman Institute’s site.
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There is no such thing as a perfect family. Every family experiences difficult times whether it be the result of a crisis or modern day stressors. Receiving family therapy does not equate to failure, rather it provides tools to open dialogue, manage stress & conflict, and support those who may be hurting emotionally. In family therapy, I utilize an integrative approach to treatment depending on the unique needs of the family. I believe that every family member has the power to impact one another.
Including the Family in Individual Therapy
Overcoming life’s challenges often calls for the support and encouragement of loved ones. Significant others, family members, and other supportive individuals are welcome to engage in the treatment process. Collaboratively, we will discuss how to best incorporate your support system in psychotherapy.