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
For 20 years, my training, experience, and teaching has focused on relationship issues.
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 am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with seven years experience working with couples. I continue to study and explore the power of romantic relationships to heal old wounds and to uncover boundless resources of support and love.
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.
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.
When working with couples, I draw from the methods of the Gottman Institute and Emotion Focused Therapy. Helping couples work together to strengthen their relationship and reach common goals is something I especially enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
Skilled in couples counseling, transition counseling, separation and reconciliation, conflict management and divorce therapy.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 enjoy working with couples in general and with sexual minority couples in particular. I received extensive human sexuality training through SFSI - a renowned sex positive organization out of S.F. Additionally, i have trained with with Bill Bowen in his psycho-physical approach to couple therapy and with Gal Szekely, a Hokomi teacher and specialist in multicultural 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
Besides being a clinical psychologist, I\'m trained/have a graduate degree in marital and family therapy, taught graduate classes, supervised clinicians, and supervised supervisors in how to approach couples with a systemic theoretical lens and taking in expert marital therapist\'s research into clinical treatment. Couples work is difficult work but rewarding work.
As a marriage, couple and family therapist I am trained to work with couples and I welcome all partnering arrangements (monogomous/open/polyamourous/ monogomous/heterosexual/same sex). I also specialize in sex therapy that is inclusive and non judgmental.
I am trained in the renowned Gottman method couples therapy. In our sessions we will collaborate to help you listen to each other, manage conflict, turn towards instead of away, build trust and increase satisfaction. Contact me if you want to enjoy your relationship again. Free phone consultation.
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 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 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.
I typically begin a couples counseling engagement by assessing the current state of a relationship, and discussing the couple's counseling goals. Tools such as questionnaires and journaling may be used to reinforce a couple's attachment. My couples practice is rooted in attachment theory and the principles put forward by the Gottman Institute (the Seattle Love Lab).
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.
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.
Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and have dedicated my career to helping couples strengthen their emotional and sexual attachments.
Couples counseling is a type of psychotherapy. It helps couples recognize and resolve conflicts to improve their relationships.
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.
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.
In Couples Counseling, I will work with you to identify the underlying negative patterns that keep you apart. I will also guide you to create a more helpful pattern for your relationship. At the heart of my approach to couples counseling is an intention to create a compassionate, confidential and nonjudgmental environment while addressing your struggles and facilitating the changes you desire.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Your relationship with your partner can be the source of groundedness, stability, love and passion. It can also cause stress, resentment and pain. In couples counseling we build relationship skills, discover what's blocking you from feeling closer and learn to stay connected through the rough times so that you can become better, more loving partners.
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
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 experience with integrating evidence-based relationship counseling practice with honesty, accountability and warm directness. I will guide you and your partner in getting to the core of your struggles, and learning to communicate and genuinely connect. We will identify patterns in relating, begin to create new ones, and hold space for each person's unique needs.
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
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.
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 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.
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 am a Prepare/Enrich Trained Facilitator
I use numerous approuches when working with couples
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.
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 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.
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.