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

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

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.

External integration coincides with internal integration. By focusing on differentiation we develop a more complete awareness of parts required for integration. To put the puzzle together, we first define the pieces and provide for individual needs, decreasing dependency and increasing mutual respect, freedom, and curiosity within the relationship.

I have specific training in couples therapy and communication theory, and use my experience to help you identify patterns of communication/interaction that are harmful to your relationship. I incorporate tools from Emotion-Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method to help you build the relationship that you desire.

Relationship and marriage issues repeatedly surface in the clinical areas I specialize in (adoption, infertility, post-partum adjustment, post-traumatic stress). I see relationship challenges as opportunities to deepen into existential questions and desires for more authentic self-expression.

I have worked with couples and families 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 combining their families.

I train both partners in meditation and mindfulness techniques so they learn to communicate without stress and use the relationship itself to enhance personal growth, awareness, and provide a lifelong spiritual path.

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 .

Clarifying wants and needs and exploring attachment relationships are vital to understanding the interpersonal dynamic unique to each relationship.

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.

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.

Relationship is a path that demands humility and courage. Because the oldest and deepest wounds tend to surface in connection with a committed partner, it is here that you have the opportunity to bring deep healing. I have trained in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), incorporating attachment work with functional neurobiology to offer you support toward healthy relationship.

I work with clients who are dealing with relationship or marital problems through Gottman Relationship Therapy tools and training experience. This approach is very successful in helping people get beyond their complaints and find a sense of renewed admiration and love with their partners.

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.

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

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 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.

I have treated individuals and couples with relationship issues for over twenty five years.

Integral psychotherapy encourages an individual's investment in intimate relationships, understanding that an individual's well-being is often correlated to the wholesomeness of their social environment. I work with individuals to develop the communication skills, self-efficacy, and coherence to work towards establishing intimate relationships that are healthy and feel meaningful.

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.

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 both parties can be heard and communication can be strengthened.

I only work with ADHD-nonADHD impacted relationships. There is hope!

I am a trained Level II Gottman Method therapist and a Gottman 7 Principles Program Educator using the world-renowned Gottman relationship therapy. This method combines wisdom from 4 decades of research with over 3000 couples. I help you learn how to be in relationship with your partner using what is proven to actually work. See my webpage for more info: portlandstateofmind.com.

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.

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).

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.

For me it's an exercise of cutting through all those arguments and disconnects on the surface to what we are feeling and needing underneath, and having the support to get to those and say them out loud to our loved one. The vulnerability in this allows us to connect with that person we fell in love with and feel that love again. And it is a model of getting through future struggles.

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.

Couples and family therapy can be great avenues to improve mental health.

Trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

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.

Relationships are the foundation of life. They are also where our greatest struggles arise. It is this complexity that can overwhelm and confuse us and entice us to lean on dysfunctional patterns. Through an exploration of present and past experiences, I make use of experiential modalities to create new experiences that allow for an expanded sense of what is possible in relationship.

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.

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.

My goal in couples counseling is never about taking sides; it is about helping you each to understand each other better. I help couples restore the strength and vitality to their relationships, and show them how to create a conscious partnership focused on valuing one other’s experience. Working to deepen the emotional connection, restore intimacy, and be more responsive to your partner.

Individuals grow in relationships and I am interested in helping couples develop loving, constructive and creative relationship environment in which growth can flourish in satisfying ways. Together we develop goals & strategies for cultivating positive changes. I utilize evidence-based Gottman methodology when working with my couples.

If you have every thought “we could never see a couple’s therapist, all we would do is argue the whole time”; then you are in the right place. I help combative couples begin to explore the emotions, thoughts and beliefs behind the arguing and yelling.

I have been working with couples for 20 years. I work with couples in a way that seeks to protect the relationship and promotes growth in each person. During our work the couple acquires skills that contributes to a mature dependence.

I bring compassionate, practical tools and a common sense approach that enables you and your partner to improve your communication, deepen intimacy, build trust and resolve long-standing issues, in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. I work collaboratively to provide tools and results that feel durable and long lasting.

My training allows me to work with couples using a variety of approaches including Dan Wile's work, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, and Gottman's theories and techniques (though I'm not yet certified in EFT-C or Gottman therapy). Couples are unique, multifaceted, and complex, and I strive to help them understand and resolve their conflicts, needs, strengths, and relationship dynamics.

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.

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.

Feeling misunderstood? Under-appreciated? With the right kind of support at home, life is great and anything can be accomplished. When you and your partner can\'t see eye to eye it can make every other part of life feel futile. With years of experience helping others, together we can create lasting changes in your most intimate relationship using a few basic ideas and simple principles.

Our current struggles are often rooted in our earliest attachment relationships. These early patterns live in our body, in how we perceive and interact. By attuning to these patterns in a collaborative and compassionate way, we can learn how to rewire them and discover renewed resilience and ease.

I have been working with couples/relationships for the past seven years. Whether you are just beginning or fear that you may be ending, counseling can create awareness and peace to ease the fears that accompany these difficult waters.

Whether we committed to our partner knowing that they would help us grow or we were blindsided by the realization, it can be invaluable to have an outside perspective helping to navigate the tricky roads of modern relationships. My work has been primarily with couples considering parenthood or adjusting to parenting.

I have experience working with emotional and physical infidelity, infertility, blended family concerns, building intimacy, divorce and conscious un-coupling.

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.

Relationship in work, family, or life can be central to our well being. I work with people who face challenge in finding or leaving a partner / spouse; who seek a stronger relationship with boss / co-workers; and with family members and others in life.

We are open to provide counseling services to couples who have one or both parties struggling with excessive internet gaming an technology use.

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.

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

Unlike medicine, there’s no standardization for the term ‘specialty’ in therapy. Instead, I use 'focus of practice’ referring to decades of experience with couples, extensive education, and a great deal of research and reading. I’m currently editing my own book on different dialogue styles used to resolve conflicts. I bring all that into the scientific informed art of marriage counseling.

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.

I use an emotion-focused, systems, and nonviolent communication approach to helping individuals and couples improve their relationships. We\'ll work on building compassion for ourselves and our partners, and practice reflecting what our partners might be feeling.

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.

I have studied extensively the work of Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg, who are important figures in the field of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. This theory looks at negative reaction patterns as they relate to the underlying experience of attachment. I find it to be the most effective approach that I've applied in my work with couples

Advanced training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

Skilled and compassionate, I will help you build trust, deepen connections and improve communication.

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.

When working with couples, I focus on the relational elements between partners. This is often where the most conflict exists and where people feel the most hurt and confusion. I help partners find comfort and acceptance in asking for what they really need from each other. Even if there is frequently anger or mistrust I work to decrease the emotional pain and increase understanding.

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.

I value and enjoy helping people create and maintain happy supportive relationships in which they can be at their best. I work with same-gender and male-female relationships as well as parent-child, sibling and work relationships. I have training in Gottman and other approaches such as dialogue. In relationship work, I am directive and support the relationship as my client where possible.

Often times when relationship issues arise for couples corresponding issues emerge in each individual's life. My approach to working with couples comes from a mind/body orientation--acknowledging that the body influences the mind's state of being as well as the emotions. I incorporate the moving meditation of qigong into talk-therapy sessions with specific movements for couples in conflict.

I'm not interested in picking sides or looking for blame. If your relationship isn't going well, I think that you both have played a role in contributing to the disfunction overall. I'd want to help identify and clarify the negative dynamic between the two of you and help you both find new ways of relating so that each of you can experience more trust, openness, communication and understanding.

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.

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