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 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

As a counselor trained specifically in couples, marriage, and family therapy, I specialize in relationship counseling. I support couples from the early stages in premarital counseling, all the way through the lifecycle of a relationship, potentially including divorce counseling.

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.

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.

I have been a student, teacher, trainer, and practitioner of family of origin theory and practice for 32 years. Couples get stuck in repetitive ,circular, damaging interactions that reflect often unmet childhood needs and unfinished business with family. I have seen couples move forward once they are able to understand this dynamic and unhook from reactivity.

We all deserve to have safe and healthy relationships. I want to help educate people what the difference is, and work on their relationships prior to possibly getting married, or deciding to stay together.

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.

Listening to your stories and really hearing your concerns, I can help partners identify and understand their needs and goals for the relationship. Possible outcomes: improved emotional understanding and connection, improved communication, improved sexual connection. Sex positive, queer-affirmative.

Intimacy and commitment are going through tremendous changes in our modern world. Our evolving roles and expectations are transforming how we understand partnership. Trained as a marriage & family therapist, I specialize in couples counseling for today’s complex relationships. I combine EFT and experiential methods to help couples explore vulnerable issues, communicate in new ways, and reconnect.

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 hold a Master's Degree in Marriage, Couples & Family Therapy and have completed Post Graduate Level 3 Gottman Method Therapist. Furthermore, life has provided me with practical experience in relationship and marriage issues as a Spouse, Parent, Grandparent.

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.

Studying relationships and how to help couples repair and build satisfying partnerships is one of my current passions. When working with couples I help them identify past resentments and current problematic behaviors that damage the relationship. I then help couples process those resentments and facilitate behavior change in session.

I love providing couples counseling. I have had advanced training in the work of John Gottman, Dan Wile, and Harville Hendrix. I was involved in a two year training program for Imago Therapy. To me, nearly all couples need to find new ways to communicate so that conflict can bring them closer to each other.

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.

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.

Heather has had extensive training and education in working with couples, receiving her degree specifically in Marriage Family Therapy. Heather completed a year-long internship solely focused on teaching communication skills with couples and continues to seek additional training in supporting couples. Heather has an uncanny ability to provide a place free from judgement and focus on the client.

My professional career has been devoted to the mystery of what it takes to have great relationships. After all, what is more important in life? I have trained intensively with John Gottman and Dan Wile, widely recognized experts in this field, and can help you quickly switch from ineffective to effective habits and behaviors, to bring you the loving relationship you deserve.

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.

Assisting coulpes to connect at 3 frequencies focusing on communication, and the risks of vulnerability and loss, constantly looking at mitigating the emotional impacts of each.

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.

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.

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.

We want freedom and intimacy. We want to feel like we’re at home and at the same time we want spontaneity. We want the security of deeply knowing someone but we’re afraid to let that person in. We seek everything from one person that a whole village used to provide. There are plenty of reasons why you might be feeling unsatisfied or hurt or betrayed or all of the of the above in your relationship.

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

I specialize in couple counseling and the interactions between partners. I have received extensive training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Advanced training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

My approach to couples counseling is a blend of Gestalt therapy and Emotionally Focused therapy. I listen with an open mind and heart and speak with compassion and understanding . It is not my role to pass judgement. I work to support people in finding their own voice in asking for what they need and want.

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.

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.

We are social creatures and thus we have a multitude of relationships of all sorts in our lives. I am very helpful with marriage and romantic relationship issues as well as with any interpersonal relationships (friends, bosses, relatives, acquaintances) that have become problematic.

My hope is to understand what is contributing to the relational issues at hand. I've gained experience meeting with couples in private practice and community mental health. Relationships are a reality of life and my desire is for you to experience more satisfaction and enjoyment with others in your life. I have been trained in the Gottman Couples Therapy approach and apply it to our sessions.

Conflicts can arise at any stage in a relationship. Sometimes these conflicts grow in complexity despite our best efforts to resolve them on our own. Whether you’re a new couple, a married couple, or a couple facing separation, I can work with you to navigate and resolve the challenges in your relationship. \n

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.

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.

Though it may seem like therapy cliche, exploration of our attachment style in our family of origin is critical in the illumination of adult relational patterns. How secure we are in the world of relationships is influenced by our earliest attachments.  Are we trusting?  Or are we in anticipation of a betrayal?  Can we be authentic and transparent?  Or do we fear abandonment and rejection?

Relationships are incredibly complex and often the source of many mental health concerns. My clinical work emphasizes the development of a healthy, autonomous self, including increasing appropriate boundaries and identifying personal values/beliefs, for guiding relationship action steps.

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 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.

I have training in Hakomi and EFT approaches to couples work.

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 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.

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.

Although I don\'t do couples counseling, I can help you have achieve a satisfying relationship. \n\nI work specifically with men in the area of developing relationships and recovery from divorce.

Intimate relationships can be a great source of joy in our lives, but they can also be fraught with challenge. I utilize my training in systemic therapies to address relationship issues through individual and couple sessions. I welcome all types and forms of relationships in my practice, including LGBTQi and polyamorous.

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 .

Struggles in relationships often have to do with individual stories and histories that are interfering in the present. Therapy can help couples find clarity when navigating an impasse, when trying to decide whether a relationship should continue, and can be effective when a relationship has lost its spark and there is a desire to enliven intimacy and connection.

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.

Hate each other? Just friends without sex? Looking outside your relationship to get your needs me? Are you entitled to happiness? I believe you are. I can help you locate the problems, work on them and ask tough questions about your current relationship(s) so that you can find a solution. Stay or go? Work on it or not? I am also a member of SASH, The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.

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.

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.

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.

Relationships are fluid and ever changing. I work with couples and families identifying more effective ways to communicate and deal with conflicts. Conflicts are viewed as a means of asserting the need for balance in our personal and relational life. When these needs are communicated all parties involved work toward a compromise that is considerate of this balance.

Couples choose to work with me for many reasons, but my approach particularly aligns with couples who have concerns related to failing to connect and/or understand your partner, navigating differing values, personalities and habits, two-career households, co-habitating, work/life balance, thinking about and/or making a long-term commitment, and life transitions such as the addition of a new child.

My training and background is in marriage, couples, and family therapy through Lewis and Clark. This training includes looking at concerns and patterns of interactions through a systemic lens and supporting all parties in addressing concerns and communicating needs.

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.

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.

Is your relationship changing? Are you at the point where you need to make a decision and have no idea where to begin? By working to explore and identify your needs and desires, you can move from being completely stuck to having clarity and peace. I can help you take that first step, whatever that step may be.

I hold a Master's Degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy. Relationship issues are my area of specialization. I work with you in addressing the relationship challenges you face, understanding the underlying emotions, and building strategies for healthier communication.

I use attachment-orientated techniques from EFT and Gottman Method to help couples restore connection, goodwill, feel more loved/loving and handle disagreements more skillfully.

Being in close relationships often brings us the most joyful and yet the most challenging/hurtful experiences we may ever have. Many of us have big expectations, yet little training--high hopes yet heavy baggage from the past. Good relationships require well-honed skills that can be learned. I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to support clients to nurture and deepen their connectedness.

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 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 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.

In our individual or couples counseling sessions you can learn: How to communicate your needs to your partner in a more effective way; What are your spouse’s triggers and how do you use this knowledge to prevent fights and also learn to repair the damage when things go awry; How to treat your partner with compassion and empathy to foster greater understanding, respect, and acceptance.

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.

Supporting multiple family members (adult siblings, parent/child, couples) in resolving conflict and increasing a sense of emotional safety and connection.

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.

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.

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