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

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.

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 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.

I have experience helping individuals reflect on their own relationship histories and acquire new skills.I have done work with couples and families throughout my career. I use a mixture of emotionally focused couples work, gottman research, attachment perspective and trauma informed work. I also have extensive experience helping couples in non-monagamous and other alternative style relationships.

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 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.

Relationships are not easy. Gender roles, kids, fiances, addiction, loss of intimacy, work can all drain the life out of even the best relationships. Learning to listen with openness and communicate with compassion can lead to major breakthrough for couples.

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.

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.

Interpersonal communication is the process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages: it is face-to-face communication. Interpersonal communication is not just about what is actually said but how it is said and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language.

Drawing on mindfulness practices and Emotionally Focused Therapy, I help couples to find greater clarity, ability to communicate, and intimacy in your 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.

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 work with couples on issues such as addiction, affairs, premarital counseling, and general couple conflict. Through my training in the research-based Gottman Couples Therapy, I can help you to become better friends, offer you tools to manage conflict more effectively, and assist you in creating ways to support each other’s hopes for the future.

Marriage and committed relationships are often a source of security and well-being but sometimes when things are going badly the relationship can be a real source of stress and difficulty. If you are experiencing poor communication, defensiveness, lack of affection, loneliness or alienation then couple\'s counseling may help. Please don\'t wait if you are experiencing any of these issues.

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

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.

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 thoroughly enjoy helping couples move from pain and isolation to joy and connection. I have specific training and expertise working with couples--and use psychodynamic methods combined with the hands-on approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy to work collaboratively with you to deescalate negative cycles, restructure and rebuild trust, and practice strengthening the emotional bond.

Relationships add beauty and complexity to our lives. The challenge often lies in understanding and honoring ourselves while striving to understand and honor our partner. Although it can be tempting to try and solve every issue on your own, in counseling I offer support, hope and insight to navigate conflicts and strengthen your intimacy.

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 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.

My passion is helping people build strong, healthy systems of communication in their relationships. All relationships have strengths, weaknesses, and patterns of communication. At different points in time, these patterns can feel negative or frustrating, leaving couples feeling stuck and distant. I am here to help re-establish healthy patterns and increased satisfaction in your relationship.

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

Misunderstandings, disappointments, and the pressures of life can result in distance and conflict between loved ones. Relationship counseling can improve already strong relationships, or surface and address problems in conflictual ones. I can help your family navigate through challenges that seem too difficult to handle on your own.

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.

Relationships can be challenging. I can help you to improve communication skills.

Relationships are the color in our lives. When they are going well, we tend to live healthier, longer, and more satisfied lives. I use Emotional Focused Therapy in working with couples.

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

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

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.

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

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.

I am a Gottman Seven Principles trained educator and have completed the Gottman Level 1 couples training. Additionally, I have and continue to participate in graduate education and professional development in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). I incorporate the Gottman Method, IPNB, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in my work with couples.

Relationships...the most complex of psychological work. My work with couples is geared to conscious living. I work with people on building healthy interactional patterns, in communication, affection and needs fulfillment. Giving clients tools to stop destructive patterns and develop patterns of connection and trust.

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.

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.

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.

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.

So many of our challenges are rooted in our relationships with our romantic partners. Our romantic relationships are often our most precious, triggering, rewarding and conflict-laden relationships. Many of our conflicts in these relationships will never be resolved. We must learn to support our partners toward their greatest selves and vice-versa.

We depend on one another, and each relationship requires maintainance and care. Although you may feel otherwise or heard otherwise there is nothing wrong with seeking support because relationships are challenging and each presents there own set of rules, negotiations, and conflicts. I can help you navigate your relationships.

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.

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.

In addition to formal education working with couples and families, I have experience helping couples through relational and family concerns. I help partners identify when an undesired way of relating is happening, communicate in healthier and more connecting ways, and make different choices in relating. I am also completing a Marriage and Family Counseling Certificate at Portland State.

Advanced training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

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.

In my work with couples, I work primarily from a model called Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (often referred to simply as “EFT”). What I love about this model, simply put, is that it works. EFT has been well researched and has been demonstrated to be very effective with couples to facilitate lasting change.

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.

Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Relationships, regardless of their makeup, take work! I focus on assisting clients in navigating the boundaries, goals, and difficulties that are present in their relationships. Working from a systemic standpoint assists me, as the therapist, in working with clients in expanding their understanding of their relationships.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

I draw on Crucible® Therapy [ http://crucibletherapy.com/approach-marital-sexual-therapy ] and Integrative Body Psychotherapy to support couples to feel healthy differentiation, embodied presence & vulnerability in intimacy, & to engage in healthy communication to increase honesty and authenticity. I support each partner to be responsible for their own experience, freeing up the relational dynamic

Partner relationships are SO very important in our lives. These relationships offer us the opportunity to grow and evolve as people and find the kind of connections and love that are life sustaining. For that very reason, they are also often the HARDEST relationships! I can help you and your partner work through the challenges and find the connection underneath.

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.

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 training in Hakomi and EFT approaches to couples work.

Trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

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.

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 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.

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