Couples Counseling

Occasionally, fights and conflict within a relationship or marriage are a fact of life. But when the conflicts in your relationship are threatening your health and well-being, it may be time to seek help. A mental health professional who specialized in couples counseling can help you and your partner develop strategies to improve your overall happiness and communication or target a specific conflict like anger, infidelity, money, sex, or household duties. Marriage counseling can also help you and your partner reach an informed decision when considering divorce.

Local Experts in Couples Counseling

As a counselor trained specifically in couples, marriage, and family therapy, I specialize in relationship counseling with all types of couples, including straight, gay, queer, trans, non-binary, poly, and kink. I use a variety of proven modalities with couples to support each unique relationship. Past clients have appreciated my ability to make them feel safe to explore what's really going on.

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model

I use numerous approuches when working with couples

Melanie is trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing primarily on how clients show up in relation to others (family, friends, intimate partners). She uses a combination of experiential therapy and attachment theory to increase a couple's bond by enhancing trust and emotional safety in the relationship.

In my work as a couples therapist, I use insights from my family systems counseling training, and my additional studies of Gottman, Hendricks, Richo and Real's writings to guide my work with couples. I'm passionate about helping couples navigate the complexity of relationships and dealing with the often unsupported and rough waters of partnerships both new and established.

I have extensive experience working with couples in conflict, repairing wounds and distance, infidelity issues, traumatic backgrounds, anger, sexual problems, or problems of substance and/or sexual addiction. I use strategies from John Gottman, Terry Real, Dan Wile, Imago Therapy, and David Schnarch's Crucible approach. I can help you repair your relationship.

I received my initial training and education as a marriage and family therapist at Northwestern University, where I learned to integrate the top models of couple therapy into a flexible and collaborative approach with my clients. I continue to attend trainings to improve my skills around emotionally focused therapies, sex therapy, attachment theory, and issues specific to LGBTQ couples.

I am a facilitator for couples counseling, including pre-marital counseling using the method, Prepare, Enrich. It is a directive method where I utilize online assessments and develop a profile for the couple. We discuss the roles and expectations of each individual and explore how to relate at an optimal level.

There is no universally ideal script for relationships. This provides the opportunity to craft a romantic relationship uniquely suited to you, and the challenge to develop the skills to effectively grow and maintain it. I work with couples and alternative relationships on effective communication skills, expressing feelings, resolving conflicts, setting healthy boundaries, and developing intimacy.

I have been trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, a research based method that focuses on strengthening friendship within the relationship, teaching skills to manage conflict more effectively, and helping couples to better support one another's hopes and dreams for the future. Through use of this method, I also provide couples with concrete skills they can use long after therapy has ended.

I have completed through Level II of the Gottman method and base my work with couples on their underlying theory, use their assessments and tools.

I do have experience working with couples helping them to understand each other as well as exploring various options and solutions in helping them to find their medium to cultivate and nurture their relationship.

I attended a graduate program that specialized in couples and family therapy. The program taught systems theory along with other relational and communication theories. I utilize several modalities of treatment in my work with couples and families including Emotionally Focused Therapy and non-violent communication skills.

Our most intimate relationships need and deserve attention and nurturing. I have worked for years with couples, GLBTQ and straight, to address major issues or fine-tune an already strong relationship.

In therapy, we will be co-creating a safe place, where there is room for any and all vulnerable feelings, beliefs, and thoughts to emerge.\nI work in a no-shame no-blame zone of ongoing support and warm curiosity. Together we will learn about patterns, triggers, negative thoughts and cycles, feelings, past and present attachment injuries, and how they affect the relationship.\n

Love, passion, and a bit of mystery may have brought you and your partner together but for whatever reason, those elements are harder to identify at the moment. I will collaboratively work with you and your partner to access those experiences of tenderness in order to start healing and repairing the memories of hurt that can take place through the course of a relationship.

Couples Counseling is not only my passion, it is my expertise. I have worked with couples for over 26 years, as an educator, outreach counselor and intern with the Veteran's Administration. I have studied extensively Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Advanced Integrated Couples Counseling, and have completed Level 3 Gottman Couples Therapy Practicum.

I help individuals and couples create safe, stable, and intimate relationships where each partner learns to trust and rely on their partner and themselves to meet their deepest wants and needs. You\'ll also learn how to identify your own and your partner\'s triggers and use this knowledge to prevent fights and repair the damage when things go awry.

It is important for couple to have a place where they can identify patterns that may be disruptive to the relationship. A place where positive communication can strengthen positive communication and both parties can be heard.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy integrates emotional, behavioral, existential, cognitive, narrative, systemic, and psychodynamic theories, and is well-researched and evidence-based. It deals with couple conflict and its resolution and extends into the everyday aspects of couple interaction through building and repairing the couple\'s friendship and love, and emphasizing the shared meaning.

I work with couples to build love and resilience into your everyday experience of relationship. Whether you are looking to deepen your sense of intimacy or heal pain steering you toward splitting up, I can support you transform inherited relationship patterns to a basis of connection and understanding. My work is based in attachment neurobiology, clear communication, and mindfulness.

I have a lot of experience working with couples. I use both collaborative methods and the Gottman Method. I believe most couples can flourish if they can communicate needs and work to meet their partner\'s needs within the relationship.

Skilled in couples counseling, transition counseling, separation and reconciliation, conflict management and divorce therapy.

There is an emphasis on clear, empathic communication (NVC); sexuality and differentiation (Schnarch\'s Work); relationship building tools (Gottman and others); sexuality; acceptance; attachment; and emotional attunement (Emotion Focused Therapy).

Couples counseling can help rebuild and rekindle relationships so partners can connect and support one another. I work from an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy perspective, helping partners step away from old patterns and enabling partners to create new ways of relating to each other so they can find can find comfort, love, support and romance in their relationship.

I have worked with couples throughout my career. I have experience with crisis management when couples are experiencing acute marital issues and general problem solving for on-going concerns. I have a special interest in working with couples who have already been married to other people and are experiencing discord after combing their families.

Trained as a marriage and family therapist, I specialize in relationship counseling. My approach is based in emotion-focused, family systems and Gottman principles, and our work provides a safe space for each of you to express yourself in new ways, using dynamic, in-the-room exercises to help interrupt hurtful patterns and create momentum towards a healthier partnership.

Relationships are a journey of navigating personal and shared life experience. I believe that couples are strengthened when they can address their difficulties, work towards a place of flexibility, and allow each individual to be themselves. I approach couples therapy as an opportunity for couples to learn about each other and to develop a shared vision of what they want their relationship to be.

I really enjoy working with couples of all backgrounds to help them communicate more effectively and flourish as partners in life, as well as individuals. I often use Non-violent communication, Emotionally focused couples therapy and Gottman method techniques. LBGTQ friendly.

When the conflicts in your relationship are threatening your health and well-being, it may be time to seek help. A mental health professional who specialized in couples counseling can help you and your partner develop strategies to improve your communication or target a specific conflict like anger, infidelity, money, sex, or household duties.

Let me help you work towards your relationship goals: the art of relationship in the 21st century: couples becoming soul mates. \n\nI will help you learn: \n\n*How to effectively share and communicate emotions with your partner\n\n*How to bring more romance into your life\n\n* How to Juggle career, children, and intimacy \n\n*Being vulnerable \n\nBuilding and repairing the safety of trust

I help couples find each other again with respect, love, and intimacy. To do that conflict has to become something that provides connection and understanding rather than distance.

I have trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and have dedicated my career to helping couples strengthen their emotional and sexual attachments.

Couples Counseling becomes a safe place where both you and your partner can find and rest in the deeper connection of the love you both share. Healthy committed relationships and marriages are about balancing connection & intimacy with independence & autonomy. Ideally, each influences and helps the other. Couples therapy helps to achieve this balance in your relationship.

I have studied and worked with couples using methods including Hakomi and Gottman. I endeavor to help couples create new, productive patterns that support each individual and the relationship as a whole.

I love working with couples to help them reduce the angry \'hot spots\' that impede connection. Together, we identify triggers and repetitive patterns, and help find ways to rekindle closeness and intimacy.

My training in couples therapy began in Graduate School. I did a specialized rotation focusing on Couples and Family therapy work over 2 years at Harborview Hospital. I have continued that work and enrich it through ongoing consultation with other couples therapy specialist here in Portland.

My degree (M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling) is specifically focused on relational dynamics and I have extensive training in couples\' work. I can help you understand how your relationship ran into trouble and how to find the way back again.

I help couples express their concerns and longings of their heart in a safe, nonjudgmental and respectful setting. I encourage my couples to process their inner experience of themselves, their partner, and how that perspective plays a role in their relationship dynamics. Couples who leave my office feel emotionally connected through their work of taking risks and sharing their vulnerability.

Healthy relationships take work and most couples face challenges at some point during their relationship. When those challenges surface, having the support of a skilled counselor can make a huge difference. Investing in your relationship through couples counseling will pay off for years to come!

I work with couples who are moving into commitment and those who want to improve relationships that have become strained. I especially enjoy work with those who share responsibility for closely-held businesses. I work with couples to prevent divorce when that is possible; to help it be a compassionate process when dissolution is inevitable.

For 20 years, my training, experience, and teaching has focused on relationship issues.

Couples therapy addresses your goals as a couple. While the outcomes may be different for you both, solution-oriented couples therapy shifts your attention away from outcomes involving compromises, sacrifices and losses and moves towards ways in which you both can get what you want from your relationship.

Not all relationships have to end when the going gets tough. In fact, conflict in a relationship is often a sign that growth is taking place. I help couples grow, both as individuals and together. Growth is a natural part of life, and often we are challenged to grow the most through being in a relationship. I help couples ease through the growth process in as smooth and satisfying way possible.

Couples counseling is my specialty and makes up 70% of my clients. I am trained in the evidence-based Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

I help couples create safe, secure attachment through emotionally focused couples therapy.

You are the expert about your relationship. This is a very personal topic and one that requires thoughtful understanding of who we are and where we are needing to be true to ourselves and our relationship. Our past experiences shape our current relationships at times, and at times we are exploring new territory. My practice has a focus on emotional intimacy, passion, and grief & loss work.

My training in several treatment modalities for couples therapy helps me identify the best course of counseling for your specific needs. Given my training in systems theory and communication theory, I view my role as collaborator in helping you resolve your problems. I believe that identifying problematic patterns in your relationship is central to building the relationship you desire.

The intimate dance that couples engage in can spiral out of control at times. We will work to identify those patterns and stop them in their tracks. Our work will be focused on bringing you together around the strengths of your relationship.

Relationships are hard! Partners start to fight and feel resentful; a negative pattern begins and can snowball if left unaddressed. If both parties are vested in counseling, we can address the underlying issues and nurture the relationship. This takes courage and an open mind to be able to work toward common goals while suffering the hard feelings a tumultuous relationship brings.

Couples can have difficulties around many subjects: communication, money, children, jobs, adultery. Couples counseling provides a way to learn new skills to address these and other issues.

Our work together would help each partner understand their part in the couple’s negative cycle and create vulnerable communication so as to create a stronger couple bond.

Most couples struggle with communication, intimacy, and blending values. I love helping couples explore these concerns and develop both immediate skills and long term shared vision together. Relationships have a lifecycle and creating shared vision can help you grow together or part whole. I specialize in queer and bi or multicultural couples, including those who are or are considering poly

I utilize Collaborative approaches to working with couples. I conduct in depth interviews to highlight what both partners feel is happening in their relationship and then find the best approach to assisting in working through these struggles. I do not promise that all relationships work out, however. It is up to each individual in the relationship to want to make that happen.

My private practice is currently comprised of 40% couples, 60% individuals. I am passionate about working with couples as the relationship is in the room in front of me, and I can see couples make small changes that enhance their relationships immensely. I have specific training in EFT couples therapy, and weave in John Gottman\'s research and evidence based practices for each.

Learn how to give yourself a better chance to get your needs met, while honoring the needs of your partner. Develop the capacity to stay with yourself and to stay connected with your partner during activation and conflict, so your relationship can evolve as you do.

I use an emotionally-focused approach in my work with couples as I find connection and the attachment between partners to be essential components of a healthy, happy relationship.

I work with couples to identify the negative cycle(s) that they are stuck in that stops them from having the relationship that they want, figure out how to step out of the cycle(s), and how to build cycles that nourish their relationship.

I have trained for years under Terry Real's Relational Therapy which helps teach couples how to build and work on developing respectful relationships; this builds on many areas including an understanding of control issues, boundaries, entitlement, shame. What each person experienced in their family of origin impacts and creates some of the roadblocks.

Healthy couples are my passion! I utilize a psychodynamic approach that places the couples issues in the context of their lived experience and EFT which will give us the tools to de-escalate conflict, identify your particular negative communication cycle, and then increase nurturing, bonding, and intimacy. I work with couples of all kinds and at every stage of their relationship.

I have over 3+ years at servicing couples and been well trained in dealing with couples. I have taken advance training in sexual issues, domestic violence, trauma, and mindfulness. I have seen couples in the middle of affairs, divorce, separation, and couples who want to learn to communicate in a healthy way as the part from one another but not from their children.

Professionally, I find that the Gottman Method has proven to be very effective in defining, treating, and resolving couples' conflicts. With helpful companion books and weekly therapy sessions, change can occur quickly. Couples often find that loving support and trust lie just underneath the misunderstanding and hurt.

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I have trained with John Gottman, Terrence Real, Bader and Pearson and others, which forms the foundation of my couples work.

I use a variety of methodologies to help couples who seek counseling. Areas that I have experience with are communication, infidelity, connection, parenting, and attachment styles. I use brain science, attachment theory, and Gottman research tools as a best guide to getting your relationship where you want it to be.

I work with couples who are experiencing a variety of transitions or difficulties in their relationship. With training through M.E.T.A. and The Gottman Institute I help couples identify what is not working for them relationally and what is occurring beneath the surface of their interactions. With this information and insight, couples are better equipped to move toward each other in healing ways.

I have completed formal training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, drawing from models by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. I would be happy to speak with you specifically about my extensive training with Charles Edwards and Jamie Levin-Edwards. I focus on both attachment and identity issues. Do you tend to pursue or avoid your partner? What cycle are you stuck in?

Couples counseling is a type of psychotherapy. It helps couples recognize and resolve conflicts to improve their relationships.

I am a Certified RLT Couples Therapist through Terry Real, as well as trained in EFT for Couples (Susan Johnson), ongoing training with Esther Perel and upcoming training with Dan Wile, creator of Collaborative Couples Therapy.

I believe that healing comes from new experiences in relationships that can be the source of love as well as the most painful experiences in our lives. Addressing disconnect among partners, relational loneliness, power struggles, bickering, sexual boredom, infidelity or parenting issues can be difficult adjustments while growing as a couple. Couples counseling can help you break old habits.

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