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

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 focus on understanding the underlying issues that may be contributed to current problems in relationships. I help my clients gain understanding and skills to communicate better and deal with conflict more effectively.

Sheila Walty provides training in communication, intimacy and conflict resolution. Mary Cross is a Masters Level Communicator and Professional Meditator.

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.

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

As an LMFT I was educated in Systems Theory which emphasizes the importance of identifying and addressing unhelpful commmunication patterns in couple or family relationships. I incorporate Emotionally Focused Therapy and Non-violent Communication skills in relational therapy in order to get to the root of distress and teach clients how to more effectively communicate their needs to one another.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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'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.

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 back to their relationships, by giving you the practical and realistic tools to use when your not in the therapy room.

I am passionate about healthy relationships! I have the education, training, and experience to help you and your partner work toward a more satisfying relationship. Throughout the therapy experience, you and your partner can move from distance to bonding, isolation to intimacy, and confused communication to understanding.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

Trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 therapy practice is focused on building and sustaining meaningful and mutually empowering connection. I am trained in relational cultural therapy as well as emotionally-focused couples therapy. I can work with you on relationship and marriage issues either as an individual, or coming in with your partner(s).

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.

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.

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 generally work with individuals, but what we talk about is their relationships. Like it or not how people related to us in our early life generally continues to impact our adult relating until we can recognize patterns & learn to manage the flood of emotions that can erupt when we are with the people you love most. Let\'s work together to repair old & more recent 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.

Everyone needs others in their life, yet everyone is unique. This can contribute to conflict and other difficulties. These difficulties can be most pronounced in romantic relationships and it's easy for bad habits of communication to lead to deep hurt. I want to help you understand your role in these dynamics in order to increase your ability to have successful and resilient bonds with others.

I draw on Crucible® 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

I have specific training in Relationship and Marriage Issues from Portland State University. I work on daily basis with individuals, couples, and families on relationship issues.

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.

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.

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.

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 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:

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.

Advanced training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

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

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 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 training is exclusively on couples and relationship work. In addition, I have experience working with the following issues affection couples: sexuality, polyamory and non-monogramy, parenting, infidelity and addictions.

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.

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.

My training and background focused on relationships. In accordance my practice has a heavy focus on couples along with teaching pre-marriage classes at Northwest Catholic Counseling Center as a non-denominational therapist.

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.

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 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.

From the second we're born, relationships challenge us at our deepest level. Safety, vulnerability, shame, betrayal, commitment: they hit on our greatest fears and meet our fundamental needs. It's a place where we can grow the most and the fastest. I love working with couples because it's all right there in the room, in the moment, to be explored and unpacked and learned from.

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.

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.

Are you looking to create deeper connections in your relationships? Relationships can be challenging. Our desire for change is often only realized when we are already in pain. It can be difficult to admit we are struggling or unhappy. Through our work together, we will focus on healthy communication, setting boundaries, how to manage conflict, and create a deeper understanding of self.

As a student of Terry Real\'s Relational Living, I embrace the principals of building and practicing respectful relationships, which often is learning to improve communication skills. Learning what you grew up in from your own family of origin suggests where some of the unhealthier attitudes grew out of.

I have completed Level One of Stan Tatkin's PACT model of couples therapy and I'm currently in Level Two. This model supports couples to move towards a secure functioning relationship that is based on mutuality and connection. The focus of this model is on attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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