Relationship / Marriage Issues

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 wellbeing, it may be time to seek help. Most relationship problems are caused, at least in part, by communication difficulties.  Seeing a mental health professional with your partner can help you 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. Seeing a therapist for premarital counseling can also be very beneficial and help you and your partner work through any major differences and set reasonable and healthy expectations for your marriage.

Local Experts in Relationship / Marriage Issues

I am a Marriage & Family Therapist by education which looks at Family dynamics within context. This helps look at patterns, themes and find solutions!

I have a focus on Non-Monogamous or open relationships. These partnerships can be difficult to navigate. Despite intentions, jealousy, fear and difficulties with self worth can easily be present. Often, understanding support can be difficult to find.

Whatever the relationship issue is you are facing, we will work together to address the root causes of the pain. Since our past informs our future and issues with our family of origin often play out in our current relationships, we will identify and explore potential unresolved issues that are preventing you from having the relationship you desire so you can make changes that support well-being.

Our connections to others are the greatest assets and challenges. Outside perspective and support can be really helpful to address relationship struggles. Communication glitches are a common problem. I utilize Non-violent communication skills, family systems, narrative and other models/theories very effectively with individuals, couples and families.

One of the techniques I use in counseling couples is EFT: Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT has been shown to decrease fights and loneliness, increase affection and intimacy, and rebuild levels of trust after betrayal. You will grow into a deeper level of safety and trust, caring and respect.

Whether you're looking to strengthen your relationship, decrease conflict, resolve sexual problems, or reevaluate your committment together, I can support and guide you toward resolution. I am LGBTQ affirming and welcome any and all clients who seek a safe and constructive place to work toward resolution in their relationship(s).

Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are highly effective in helping shift relationship issues, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.

I\'m in your corner, whatever the hurdle. Relationships are tough, so is the process of finding a person who understands. I have extensive experience with non-traditional relationships including BDSM/ kink couples, non-monogamous, or other lifestyles. I take a collaborative, strengths focused approach using Gottman, EFT and systems approaches to reconnection.

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.

There are countless models of healthy romantic relationships, from monogamous to polyamorous, and unique variations between partners. The scripts for dating and longterm relationships of previous generations may not be applicable to your relationship. But there is psychological research that shows that you can learn skills to create the conditions for healthy relationships.

How we feel about ourselves and our lives is often very connected to the function (or dysfunction) in our closest relationships. My informal course of study began in my own family of origin, and has continued in my marriage of almost 20 years. As a Relationship Specialist, I've received extensive formal training in relationship counseling, and am a trainer of therapists.

Relationships are tough and rewarding. There are ups and downs that we might never have expected when we fell in love and decided to become a couple. I have training in marriage and family therapy , as well as, completing the level 1 and level 2 Gottman Marriage Counseling training.

I am trained and experienced in a variety of approaches to relationship and marital issues, including anger, cruelty, withholding, infidelity, sexual problems, addictions, trauma and emotional reactivity.

Relationship/couples counseling helps couples of all types recognize , resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways. You can use counseling to address the following issues: Communication problems, Sexual difficulties, Child rearing, anger and infidelity.

My work is focused on the many ways we prevent intimacy and genuine connection with one another due to internal and external obstacles. I also specialize in sexual issues among couples. Along with my colleague, Gillian Chachere, I also provide a unique, integrative, co-facilitated approach to couples counseling. Learn more here: https://kerrycohenhoffmann.wixsite.com/icct

Relationships can be hard, and just like owning a car, relationships need some regular maintenance to make sure it's running smoothly. Whether couples are healing from infidelity, adjusting to new roles as parents, or just coming in to improve communication, I support couples in their journey towards a deeper and more intimate understanding and connection. See my website for assessments offered.

I help individuals who struggle in relationships with their romantic partners, friends, family, co-workers and anyone else that is relevant in their life.

I have worked with many couples of all orientations to learn now to communicate and build a better life together. Here are some topics I work with most often: Navigating the path to intimacy, Effectively sharing and communicating emotions, Creating romance between best friends, Juggling career, children, and intimacy, Being vulnerable , and Building and repairing the safety of trust

I primarily help individual women to enhance their intimate relationships by teaching them communication skills they can use with their partners, even if those partners are unwilling to participate in therapy. I also offer couples therapy on a case by case basis to highly motivated couples.

As humans, we are wired to connect. When our connections confuse or hurt us, we suffer. But it doesn't have to end there. By learning our individual and relationship patterns, we can turn our hurt into a chance for even deeper, more resilient relationships. Through emotion-focused therapy, we can learn to change the dynamics between us without assigning blame or stonewalling.

Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

Whether it be issues with friends, siblings, parents, children, or within a couple, navigating one's needs and boundaries within a relationship requires attention and work. Learning to speak in ways that are more likely to get your needs met and developing new ways of responding to others is a primary focus.

All couples are welcome at Refresh Therapy. Whether you are dating, living together, engaged, married or anything in between—couples therapy can be a great way to improve your relationship. We believe that each couple has its own unique challenges and history, and we tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

How we love, who we love, and why we love present some of life's most wonderful and challenging issues. Learning to love well through honesty with ourselves and those in our lives is essential if we want a life filled with friendship and connection.

There is no crucible as rich for both pain and learning as a committed partnership. I\'ll help you both turn towards your truths, connect with yourselves, and navigate the challenges you face with compassion, honesty, and understanding for each other.

Every relationship experiences ebbs and flows, and while some degree of conflict is normal, at times it can get to a point where it seems impossible to solve it on your own. This is where a couples therapist can help. As a trained marriage and family therapist, I will help you better understand one another and reconnect to the love and excitement that made you fall in love in the first place.

I use techniques from attachment theory and mindfulness-based therapy to work with the underlying issues in a relationship. When attachment is getting the attention it needs, other issues can be problem-solved.

I have extensive experience working with couples and/or individuals dealing with relationship and marital issues. My analytic training with both attachment and relational theories provide the theoretical and technical skills that enable me to tailor a treatment approach that matches the individual or couple\'s needs. I am currently seeking consultation to expand my knowledge and skill level.

Couple's Therapy can be sought for a multitude of reasons and one member of the couple may be more in favor than the other to seek out professional help. This is not unusual. I work with couples who are dating, married, same-sex, separating, divorcing, co-parenting-I believe that relationships are 'co-created' by the influence of each partner on the other and on the couplehood of the relationship.

I work with women who would like to develop greater emotional intimacy in their close relationships. I help women feel more solid inside themselves, so they can speak their truth, and recognize their needs as legitimate. We increase awareness of old patterns that get in the way of authenticity & closeness. We explore how vulnerability creates connection and is fundamental to emotional intimacy.

Relationships are complex. They require a lot of care & maintenance. I draw experience from my own 20+ years of marriage as well as facilitate couples forums where developing communication, connection, respect & strengthening the partnership are key. I have worked with couples that are dating, recently married, remarried couples, 'empty nest' couples, and same sex partners.

As a marriage and family therapist my primary expertise is in working with couples facing a variety of issues and concerns. I have experience working with emotional and physical infidelity, blended family concerns, communication differences, divorce and conscious un-coupling.

I help couples identify negative emotional interactional styles rather than assigning blame. One safety has strengthened, the underlying emotions or hurt, anger, fear, and sadness emerge that allow couples to more deeply communicate while re-establishing trust. With trust strengthened, we can negotiate differences, heal past wounds, and let go of disconnecting beliefs and attitudes.

My work with you seeks to find clarity and awareness about systemic patterns in your relationship that contribute to strife, and helps you develop skills so that you can work to notice roadblocks and shift patterns to find a new, more satisfying and rewarding path together.

Couples often come to therapy with the goal of improving patterns of conflict in their relationships and increasing their intimacy and connection with their partners. My work with couples incorporates behavioral interventions (CBT), emotionally-focused techniques, mindfulness (ACT, DBT) and attachment theory to help clients build healthier relationships.

My training is exclusively on couples and relationship work. In addition, I have experience working with the following issues affecting couples: repetitive fighting, stuck patterns, sexuality, polyamory and non-monogamy, parenting/pregnancy and birth, infidelity and addictions.

Do you like your love outside of the box? Have you had trouble finding a counselor who does not pathologize your sexual expression? Are you poly, kinky, or employed in the sex industry? Avoid the pitfalls of sex in the shadows; the guilt, shame, and dishonesty that can wreck our lives. Come work with a professional counselor who supports you and your right to sexual autonomy and self-expression.

How we experience our closest relationships can effect how we feel and behave. Feeling connected in our personal and romantic relationships can provide a sense of sanctuary and support in our lives, however when things go wrong we feel feelings that can be overwhelming. Discussing your themes, feeling emotions, showing up in a new way, and open communication are my areas of focus with couples.

For me, relationships make the world go 'round! I am passionate about couples, helping them grow, heal, and feel fulfilled in the context of their relationships. My work includes: partners who are dating, newlyweds experiencing challenges, empty nesters spicing things up, partners wrestling with separation, married, unmarried, traditional and non-traditional relationships.

When relationships become more difficult or unfulfilling, talking with a therapist can enable the couple to make changes. Improvement in communication and feeling connected to one another are reasonable goals for therapy.

Marriages can be tricky. I pull from 18 years of personal experience and having had parents that were married for 47 years before the passing of my mother. Marriages are also often damaged by addicts choices - infidelity, isolation, deception. I work to support and rebuild marriages with healthy individuals.

Gottman method, communication patterns, conflict resolution, restoring closeness and partnership, adapting to children, intimacy

During our sessions we will review what is working and what is not working. We will identify your negative interaction cycle in the relationships, and take steps to break it down and improve it. I am trained in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, through Edwards Psychotherapy. I also weave in Gottman strategies to build support. EFT Couples Therapy is highly regarded and extremely effective.

I am trained in Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and have completed the Gottman Level 1 couples training. I strongly believe that issues related to identity and attachment play a big role in our past/current relationships. I help my clients work though these issues for healthy and enduring relationships.

Focus for relationship issues can be communication difficulties, conflict, trouble with intimacy, porn addiction, infidelity, cultural differences and ethnic/racial hostility and confusion. People can also come to counseling to continue to grow in areas of success. All relationships are welcomed and honored.

Do you find yourself wondering how you can love someone so much and still feel disconnected? I help couples create or remember shared stories of connection upon which to build strong foundations, learn and feel confident using positive communication and boundary setting, establish or rekindle healthy intimacy, address trauma, and define their relationship in ways that work for everyone.

Nothing saps the joy from life more than relationship conflict. I love having the opportunity to help couples hear each other, to see the relationship from each other's perspective and recognize the need to work together.

Communication is often a road block to a satisfying relationship. Understanding what you and your partners attachment style is can be eye opening. Whatever your issue in your relationship is, gaining perspective on how best to speak to your partner so they can hear you is a powerful beginning.

I love working with people to help them find ways to live well together. I am open to seeing couples of all orientations and backgrounds. Some of the issues I specialize in are parenting, sexual issues, health, finances, infidelity and effective communication.

I have training in emotionally-focused therapy, which helps couples recognize the painful pattern of fighting they get in repeatedly. This approach focuses on how to reconnect with your partner, enhancing the closeness you crave.

Has a previously fluid and easy connection dissolved into fighting, blaming, emotional disconnection, or indifference? Differences in values causing stress or resentment? Wanting to reestablish intimacy and closeness? I have specialized training to help couples and individuals break patterns that cause fighting, improve communication, and strengthen connection.

I love working with couples, especially couples with children. We naturally shift between issues that come up in the marriage and issues that come up with the kids.

I work with couples at various stages in their relationship. Couples counseling is hard work and I am honored to join forces with couples to help them heal, find strength and calm, and move forward in the best way for them. I like to pull from John Gottman and Sue Johnson’s work with couples.

I frequently work with couples - gay, lesbian, trans, queer, straight - as they work to strengthen their relationship while also developing a greater sense of themselves and their individual identities. My post-graduate study has been based in the Family Systems approach.

Couples therapy is my practice speciality. Without a doubt my work with couples informs my personal relationship and vise versa. This reflexive quality invigorates me and keeps our work together alive and present. Because of my enthusiasm, I fly down to Oakland, California regularly to attend consultation seminars with Dan Wile, Ph.D. the originator of Collaborative Couple Therapy.

In my work with couples I use two most researched evidence-based approaches Gottman method and Emotionally-Focused therapy.

Love demands the reassurance of touch. Most fights are really protests over emotional disconnection. Underneath the distress, partners are desperate to know: Are you there for me?\nBy Sue Johnson, published on January 01, 2009

Often times, coping skills that were helpful earlier in life become patterned ways of relating. While these can continue to serve us in certain situations, they can also get in the way of connecting meaningfully or can lead to conflict with those we love. In counseling, we can explore those patterns together and develop and practice new ways of relating and connecting.

Much of my work with clients has centered on recognizing and building healthy relationships. This includes (and begins with) a healthy relationship with yourself, as well as relationships with family, friends, lovers, and the outside world. Much of our lingering suffering as well as our ability to heal and thrive is determined by the ways in which we relate to our inner and outer worlds.

Marital issues often arise when couples have to deal with a crisis or a loss of intimacy. Couples therapy can be a supportive place to address power issues, improve direct communication, and re-establish intimacy.

I have a lifetime of experience, both personal and professional, with helping couples work through relationship issues. Struggling with communication, thinking about divorce/breaking up, or just fighting a lot? I can help.

Couples often find themselves feeling stuck and frustrated. They feel like they have tried everything but still lack intimacy or continue with communication difficulties. In couples counseling, I work to help create a healthy emotional bond between partners, effective communication and understanding your patterns and cycles.

Living with an intimate partner is difficult. Marriage, committed partnership, and even new relationships touch us deeply and bring out the best and worst in all of us. Skillful guidance from a trained professional helps couples navigate the inevitable challenges and natural transitions that are part of living in relationship.

I have a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. My training in couples counseling best fits couples that have been together a shorter time and would like to steer clear of repeating old unhealthy habits from past relationships. I see many couples that would like premarital counseling or couples that are newly married and experiencing some road bumps in their relationship.

I use mindfulness tools, including Yoga in therapy work with couples to offer a unique approach to sorting through and healing within relationship and marriage. I have expertise in family dynamics and systems to cultivate clarity and empowerment around family and partner relationships.

My foundation as a therapist is all relational. When we are stuck in ourselves, we are stuck in our relationships, and vice versa. I have a lot of specific trainings in couples work to help open up emotional dynamics so that places that feel tight, restricted and even hopeless can begin to open and change .

We all long for connection with others and when things don't go well it can be a great source of emotional pain. I work to help clients see what is causing them discomfort in their relationships and work with them to find healing.

I specialize in couples therapy. I have received extensive training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. My caseload is comprised primarily of couples.

Parenting a child with developmental disabilities and neurobehavioral differences can be stressful on a marriage and other family relationships. Through therapy, couples can gain a better understanding of their child which results in less overall stress and increased understanding of all involved (spouse, child, others).

Would you like to set clearer boundaries in your relationships? Want to further your ability to communicate clearly and effectively? I teach skills for building healthy relationships and mutual empathy.

Relationships are a part of life. I help clients explore their role in their relationships, teach them how to communicate effectively and clearly and problem-solve situations that have left them stuck.

Attachment, intimacy, and connection are basic human needs that we all struggle to find and maintain in fulfilling ways. I support my clients in staying connected to their authentic self, while also cultivating an ability to connect and relate to others with more ease, whether it is with partners, family, friends, colleagues, or others.

Issues within a partnership can be addressed as a unit, but sometimes the other person isn't available or they've already left. There is still growth and healing that can be done alone, to help you in grieving the relationship, feeling secure and confident in being single, or preparing to seek a healthier and more successful relationship.

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