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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

As humans, we are hard wired to connect with other people. With those connections- new and long-term, come conflict and adjustment. I have an objective point of view and effective strategies to make the most out of any connection.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

I am a Marriage & Family Therapist by education which looks at Family dynamics within context. This helps look at patterns, themes and find solutions!

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

\'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.

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.

Stacie enjoys working with couples, including the blended family, stepfamilies and step-parenting.

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

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.

Trained in Gottman Method Couples 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.

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 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.

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.

Joe was trained and has presented in \'Self-in-Connection\' theory as it relates to relationships including same gendered relationships. He works with poly/open and alternative relationships and is a \'kink aware\' therapist.

Relationship are where white-hot change and growth can occur. Interpersonal dynamics, communication, attachment styles, intimacy, vulnerability, sexuality are the fuel. I thrive in this territory personally and professionally, and the more non-conventional the better. I have specific training in EFT for couples and use the Enneagram for differentiating personality styles in relationship.

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

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.

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.

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.

Advanced training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

The difference between a quality interaction and a disconnected experience can result in either a sense of passion and enthusiasm or feelings of defeat and frustration. In uncertain times, when we seem to stand alienated from the meaning of life itself, remains a shining beacon that illuminates the path to growth-fostering relationships.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 offer coaching for relationship decisions, or for other big decisions that you want to tackle as a team. The focus of our work will always be your decision situation. I will not try to change you or your partner, nor your relationship. Rather, we will work together to find creative solutions and achieve your goals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Back in grad school, I specialized in marriage and family counseling for a reason. Relationships are difficult and we all need help.

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

Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

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.

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.

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.

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

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