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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Most people have high hopes entering into their marriage, and most of us were never taught the relationship skills to keep the channels of loving communication open through life\'s ups and downs. I believe that even the most entrenched conflicts, stalemates, and hurts can be processed to a point of resolution at the very least, and often to a point of deeper love and connection than ever before.

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.

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 .

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?

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 offer couples counseling to partners of all orientations and genders. Relationships are hard, and sometimes we need someone to help us hear and be heard. I establish firm ground rules and maintain them, making sure that everyone feels safe being vulnerable.

Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

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

I work from the Gottman Method of couples therapy, which is research based and tested and considered by many in the field, the most effective roadmap for helping relationships to become stable and happy.

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 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 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.

You know that your relationship needs to be nurtured to grow and flourish. You can improve your ability to strengthen fondness and admiration in your relationship. In counseling discuss and practice how you want to express affection and respect for each other. I am a facilitator of practicing more affectionate and respectful communication. I help you get out of your way and into your relationship.

I am trained in Gottman therapy (level 2) and use this as my primary therapy with couples and non-monogamous relationships. This method has over a decade of research understanding what makes long-term relationships work. I find this to be a highly effective therapy for building better communication, deepening intimacy, and learning how to resolve conflicts.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

\'Is the message received the same as the message delivered?\' More often then not our greatest challenges is deciphering the messages between our closest relationships. \'When our preferences, i.e; our likes and dislikes are in the way, we may be listening for our own agenda and giving the other person the attention or respect needed to clear up doubt, conflict and upset. Listen for understanding.

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.

When our relationships are in a state of chaos it can overturn your entire life. When both partners can commit to working on themselves and open to healing the relationship - much can be done to calm the waters and invite safety and connection in again. I work with all kinds of relationships, and strive to help people build strong, resilient, healthy ways of being together.

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

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 worked with couples of many different varieties and am passionate about helping couples have better relationships. I have done additional training through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Institute. I also have a passion for the science behind relationships, also known as Interpersonal Neurobiology.

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.

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.

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

None of us comes to any relationship in our lives unencumbered by what has gone before. Relationships can be so tricky because the complex system of one brain and personality and family meets another complex system. Relationships offer our best hope of feeling truly seen and understood by another. I would like to support you in your path to increased connection and safety.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I work with individuals who struggle with both peer and romantic relationships. Increasing awareness of one's own wants, needs, and emotions builds the foundation for clear communication with others, creating the opportunity for more satisfying, supportive relationships. I work with both monogamous and non-monogamous clients to clarify what they seek in relationships. Poly friendly.

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 have significant educational and training experiences in Couples Therapy, Attachment, Family Systems and Family of Origin therapies. I have treated many couples dealing with relationship and marital issues.

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.

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

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.

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.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I place high value in relationships. Identifying and removing barriers to connection is foundational in working on relationships in therapy. It is important to understand where the barriers have come from to assure they do not reappear later. This work is for anyone in any stage of relationship, ranging from dating to divorced and co-parenting.

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.

The good news is that you can heal and learn healthy ways to interrelate. I will provide a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your own needs and desires. I will assist you in creating healthy boundaries to take care of yourself. You will learn to respectfully listen and trust yourself so you can create and be part of relationships that support you.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Extensive experience and training in relationship issues and tools related to improving relationship.

Since 1993, during my training with couples (I was videotaped, had live supervision behind a one way mirror, had years of supervision, consultation, taught courses, supervised therapists and supervised supervisors) I have learned the uniqueness of each couple. It is a powerful intimate experience to hold hope for a couple as they work together to be their best partnership.

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