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

I am trained at a Marriage and Couples therapist from Lewis and Clark college. My training has helped me to constantly look through a lens to help relationships change and grow.

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model

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.

If you have hard time communicating with each other, if your relationship is struggling or stagnant, and you want more depth of connection and more intimacy, if you need to figure out how to repair or end your relationship, I am here to help you. Working with a couple or family, I do not take sides, but I can empathize with each partner's view of the situation.

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 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?

I use numerous approuches when working with couples

I have completed related courses, conferences, workshops and I am committed to keeping up on the latest research/literature and most effective methods and skills.

We each possess our own unique templates of experience that inform our interpersonal rules and habits. In other words, we often expect what we saw in childhood. For many of us, that includes a sometime subconscious expectation of invasion or abandonment. Couples counseling provides a safe space to explore our beliefs, challenge our perceptions, and experiment with real connection in safe doses.

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 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.

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.

I use a treatment approach grounded in emotionally-focused couples work. I work to help you identify what you both really want from your relationship and how you can find comfort and acceptance in asking for what you really need from your partner. Even if there is frequently anger or mistrust in your relationship, we will work to decrease the emotional pain and increase understanding.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

Your relationship is as unique as you are and if it is suffering, every aspect of your life is likely being affected. Trained as a marriage and family therapist, my specialty is couples counseling and helping people change negative patterns into opportunities for connection. I combine EFT and Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy for a style that is direct, compassionate, and effective.

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!

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 counseling cultivates an emotionally safe environment for understanding and exploring the wisdom your relationship teaches including skills for effective communication, active listening, and increased understanding of your partner. This process also provides an unmatched opportunity for you to more deeply understand yourself. Successful couples work encompasses all of these.

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.

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 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 use Gottman, Emotionally focused therapy, and systems approaches to support you and your partner(s) in finding common ground, connection and balance of power and pleasure in your relationship.

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.

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.

Relationship often gives us the very painful , yet more often very rewarding, opportunity to heal. Awareness of habitual patterns and cycles, understanding of our own attachment styles, and compassion for our human need for connection and love opens the door to learning to communicate our disowned emotions and needs and cultivating a secure and joyful 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Formal training and 16 years experience working with couples in a variety of settings.

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.

For more than ten years I have been helping couples in all stages of relationship- dating, engaged, married, and unfortunately even through divorce. I use a variety of therapy models depending on each couples style and their desired outcome. Communication is often the major part of improving a relationship.

Extensive training and experience in sex therapy, Gottman therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and family systems therapy has built up my 'tool kit' for couples. Many years of seeing many couples has been an enormous help in understanding dysfunctional, highly reactive patterns that can destroy love.

I work with couples to manage their conflict, strengthen their friendship and appreciation, and to create intimacy through long term relationship shifts. With couples I utilize Gottman Method therapy, which is research based and tested. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

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

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 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.

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 and build hope for a brighter future.

Whether you are wanting to strengthen your relationship or end it well, I strive to listen to what your relationship goals are and work with you collaboratively to help you meet those goals. I work to help your resolve misunderstanding and sort out the emotions you bring to your interactions with each other.

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.

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.

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.

I help all types of couples with navigating through their relationship issues. Offering support to people in relationships who may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. The relationship is the focus, although each partner should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness.

Couples and premarital counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Couples seek counseling for various reasons such as to improve communication, resolve ongoing conflict, increase levels of intimacy, resolve sexual desire or dysfunction problems, power struggles, infidelity, addiction, parenting conflict, or blended family concerns.

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.

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.

In relationships you grow as a couple and as individuals. My work with couples focuses on strengthening the relationship, identifying problematic patterns, learning new ways of interacting, and increasing communication skills. I incorporate tools from The Gottman Institute to help facilitate these changes.

Building healthy relationships is the foundation of my work as a therapist. I work with couples at all different stages of life on how to communicate in a way that promotes growth and joy in relationship. When working with couples in premarital counseling, I encourage couples to know themselves well so that they can share their lives in a more meaningful way with each other.

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