Couples Counseling

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 well-being, it may be time to seek help. A mental health professional who specialized in couples counseling can help you and your partner 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.

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Carlyn Glaser (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS LPC

Have had years of practice using this orientation

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Family Roots Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

We have therapists who practice from a family systems approach and have training in Marriage & Family Therapy, which includes specific training in working with couples. We use approaches such as the Gottman method and Emotion-Focused Therapy, which focuses on adult attachment styles and how your early relationships influence your close relationships in adulthood.

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David Hanna

Licensed Professional Counselor

In my work as a couples therapist, I use insights from my family systems counseling training, and my additional studies of Gottman, Hendricks, Richo and Real's writings to guide my work with couples. I'm passionate about helping couples navigate the complexity of relationships and dealing with the often unsupported and rough waters of partnerships both new and established.

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Benita Munson

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC, CADC I

My private practice is currently comprised of 40% couples, 60% individuals. I am passionate about working with relationships as the relationship is in the room in front of me, and I can see parties making small changes that enhance their relationships immensely. I have specific training in EFT couples therapy, and weave in John Gottman's research and evidence based practices for each.

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Caitlin Lynch (They/them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS, NCC

I use Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) based on the work on Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg. We'll work collaboratively to decide on common goals for your relationship, discern unhelpful relationship patterns, work to understand why those made sense and helped you previously, and how to move forward with empathy for each other, meeting individual needs, and healthier relational habits.

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Polly Gravely MS, LPC, MFT (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Nationally Certified Counselor

My degree (M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling) is specifically focused on relational dynamics and I have extensive training in couples' work. I can help you understand how your relationship ran into trouble and how to find the way back again.

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Emalee Assenberg, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Your relationship is as unique as you are and if it is suffering, every aspect of your life is likely being affected. Trained as a marriage and family therapist, my specialty is couples counseling and helping people change negative patterns into opportunities for connection. I combine EFT and Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy for a style that is direct, compassionate, and effective.

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Kelly Arthur, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Professional Counselor

As a counselor trained specifically in couples, marriage, and family therapy, I specialize in relationship counseling with all types of couples, including straight, gay, queer, trans, non-binary, poly, and kink. I use a variety of proven modalities with couples to support each unique relationship. Past clients have appreciated my ability to make them feel safe to explore what's really going on.

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C.J. Sanders

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Healthy couples are my passion! I utilize a psychodynamic approach that places the couples issues in the context of their lived experience and EFT which will give us the tools to de-escalate conflict, identify your particular negative communication cycle, and then increase nurturing, bonding, and intimacy. I work with couples of all kinds and at every stage of their relationship.

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Mark Pechovnik

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

There is an emphasis on clear, empathic communication (NVC); sexuality and differentiation (Schnarch's Work); relationship building tools (Gottman and others); sexuality; acceptance; attachment; and emotional attunement (Emotion Focused Therapy).

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Robin Magdahlen

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC RDT

In therapy, we will be co-creating a safe place, where there is room for any and all vulnerable feelings, beliefs, and thoughts to emerge. I work in a no-shame no-blame zone of ongoing support and warm curiosity. Together we will learn about patterns, triggers, negative thoughts and cycles, feelings, past and present attachment injuries, and how they affect the relationship.

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Cathy Walker, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Couples can have difficulties around many subjects: communication, money, children, jobs, adultery. Couples counseling provides a way to learn new skills to address these and other issues.

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Michaele Dunlap PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

I work with couples who are moving into commitment and those who want to improve relationships that have become strained. I especially enjoy work with those who share responsibility for closely-held businesses. I work with couples to prevent divorce when that is possible; to help it be a compassionate process when dissolution is inevitable.

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Leslie Yeargers

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Whether you are wanting to strengthen your relationship or end it well, I strive to listen to what your relationship goals are and work with you collaboratively to help you meet those goals. I work to help your resolve misunderstanding and sort out the emotions you bring to your interactions with each other.

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Marla Christensen LPC NCC

Marriage and Family Therapist

I specialize in Couples Counseling using contextual theory, integrating attachment, EFT, IS, neurobiology, and Behavioral approaches.

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Michael D. Jolliffe (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS

Special training from couples-focused supervisors.

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Josh Ziegler

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Couples therapy addresses your goals as a couple. While the outcomes may be different for you both, solution-oriented couples therapy shifts your attention away from outcomes involving compromises, sacrifices and losses and moves towards ways in which you both can get what you want from your relationship.

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Leslie Jones

Licensed Professional Counselor

I love working with couples to help them reduce the angry 'hot spots' that impede connection. Together, we identify triggers and repetitive patterns, and help find ways to rekindle closeness and intimacy.

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Janean VeDova

Marriage and Family Therapist

As a marriage, couple and family therapist I am trained to work with couples and I welcome all partnering arrangements (monogomous/open/polyamourous/ monogomous/heterosexual/same sex). I also specialize in sex therapy that is inclusive and non judgmental.

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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

LMFT-I

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Danette Buchanan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a facilitator for couples counseling, including pre-marital counseling using the method, Prepare, Enrich. It is a directive method where I utilize online assessments and develop a profile for the couple. We discuss the roles and expectations of each individual and explore how to relate at an optimal level.

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Karen Maloney, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have received training while getting my masters degree and have since then continued to gain experience and knowledge by meeting with couples on a regular basis.

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Kenny Benjamin, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

This is about shifting away from seeing each other as the problem and seeing the problem as the problem. What does that mean? It means learning a new way to turn toward each other instead of turning away from each other. It means working with each other against whatever problems are impacting the relationship.

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Jon Fox

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I help individuals and couples create safe, stable, and intimate relationships where each partner learns to trust and rely on their partner and themselves to meet their deepest wants and needs. You'll also learn how to identify your own and your partner's triggers and use this knowledge to prevent fights and repair the damage when things go awry.

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Zeyah Roge (She/Her and They/Them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA, MFT Intern, LMT, RYT-500

I enjoy working with couples in general and with sexual minority couples in particular. I received extensive human sexuality training through SFSI - a renowned sex positive organization out of S.F. Additionally, i have trained with with Bill Bowen in his psycho-physical approach to couple therapy and with Gal Szekely, a Hokomi teacher and specialist in multicultural couples.

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Amanda Fitzpatrick (She/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

I believe that we are conceived in relationship and continue to move in, out, and through relationships our entire lives. These relationships teach us how to love, how to hurt, how to learn, how to exist in our bodies, how to judge and hold prejudice, how to forgive. They can bring the wounding cut of betrayal, and also hold tremendous power for healing.

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Richard Halpern, M.A.

Professional Counselor

For married, separated, or divorced parents, I integrate a couples counseling approach to positively learn how to co-parent as a team. Developing positive habits around communication with each other, how we talk to our children and maintain consistency (in one home or if living in separate households), and modeling healthy ways to deal with conflict and resolution.

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Andrew Griffes

Professional Counselor

I work with couples to build love and resilience into your everyday experience of relationship. Whether you are looking to deepen your sense of intimacy or heal pain steering you toward splitting up, I can support you transform inherited relationship patterns to a basis of connection and understanding. My work is based in attachment neurobiology, clear communication, and mindfulness.

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Ryan Grassmann, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Professionally, I find that the Gottman Method, Relational Life Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy all have proven to be effective in defining, treating, and resolving relationship conflicts. With helpful companion books and weekly therapy sessions, change can occur quickly. Those in relationships often find that loving support and trust lie just underneath the fear and hurt. I teach people how to repair ruptures, identify and transform shame, and confront concerns with skill.

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Chad Ernest, MS, LPC (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I utilize Collaborative approaches to working with couples. I conduct in depth interviews to highlight what both partners feel is happening in their relationship and then find the best approach to assisting in working through these struggles. I do not promise that all relationships work out, however. It is up to each individual in the relationship to want to make that happen.

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Kathy Hardie-Williams M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

I facilitate you, your partner, or other family members in identifying and communicating your needs and wants to each other. Conducive to this process is the ability to experience a reasonable degree of conflict in your relationships and the willingness to believe that your relationships can improve. You are responsible for articulating what you need and want to your partner and others from a direct and non-judgmental perspective that includes self awareness and the desire to know yourself.

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Janet Sandell

Licensed Professional Counselor

Couples counseling can help rebuild and rekindle relationships so partners can connect and support one another. I work from an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy perspective, helping partners step away from old patterns and enabling partners to create new ways of relating to each other so they can find can find comfort, love, support and romance in their relationship.

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Emily Beloof

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

I am trained as a marriage and family therapist, which means I am well versed in the way people create and solve problems together. If you and your partner are struggling, we will be able to explore the issues at hand, determine stuck patterns that keep you from having the relationship you want, and make connections between your past, present, and desired relationships.

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Family Ties Counseling Center

Licensed Professional Counselor

Couples Counseling becomes a safe place where both you and your partner can find and rest in the deeper connection of the love you both share. Healthy committed relationships and marriages are about balancing connection & intimacy with independence & autonomy. Ideally, each influences and helps the other. Couples therapy helps to achieve this balance in your relationship.

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Nicole Kammerlocher (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have received training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, which has some of the best outcomes for those struggling with relational issues. This therapy focuses on how we show up in relationships, and how we can show up differently and change the tune of a relationship from conflict to connection.

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Shawna Oliver, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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 communication can strengthen positive communication and both parties can be heard.

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Alisha Phillips (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have specific training and experience in couples counseling, and enjoy helping couples improve communication, intimacy, and affection. I require a consultation before starting work with a couple.

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Connective Therapy Collective

Licensed Professional Counselor

We use Gottman, Emotionally focused therapy, and systems approaches to support you and your partner(s) in finding common ground, connection and balance of power and pleasure in your relationship.

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Laura Wrzesinski (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I received my initial training and education as a marriage and family therapist at Northwestern University, where I learned to integrate the top models of couple therapy into a flexible and collaborative approach with my clients. I continue to attend trainings to improve my skills around emotionally focused therapies, sex therapy, attachment theory, and issues specific to LGBTQ couples.

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PK Ponti-Foss

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I work with couples to manage their conflict, strengthen their friendship and appreciation, and to create intimacy through long term relationship shifts. With couples I utilize Gottman Method therapy, which is research based and tested. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

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Maegan Megginson (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT, LPC, AASECT CST

I have trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and have dedicated my career to helping couples strengthen their emotional and sexual attachments.

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Sonia Holdaway

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Melissa Owens LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have extensive experience working with couples in conflict, repairing wounds and distance, infidelity issues, traumatic backgrounds, anger, sexual problems, or problems of substance and/or sexual addiction. I use strategies from John Gottman, Terry Real, Dan Wile, Imago Therapy, and David Schnarch's Crucible approach. I can help you repair your relationship.

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Avvy Mar

I help couples create safe, secure attachment through emotionally focused couples therapy.

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Philip Kolba, MA LMHC NCC

Professional Counselor

There is no universally ideal script for relationships. This provides the opportunity to craft a romantic relationship uniquely suited to you, and the challenge to develop the skills to effectively grow and maintain it. I work with couples and alternative relationships on effective communication skills, expressing feelings, resolving conflicts, setting healthy boundaries, and developing intimacy.

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Reuben Simon

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA

Communication, love, safety, support, trust. There are many words we use to describe what we want in our relationships. We will find a common language born of negotiation between partners, spend time getting truly curious about our assumptions and stories, learning to listen with our whole selves and staying present in the most tense moments to establish a basis for partnership through life.

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Cynthia Aerni, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Formal training and 16 years experience working with couples in a variety of settings.

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Slade Wolf

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I use a behavioral approach to couples counseling. There is solid evidence that learning, and practicing communication skills builds healthier, more respectful, and more emotionally intimate relationships. I have been using this approach with couples, and with men focusing on their relationship skills, for nearly 20 years.

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Jason Wilkinson (He/Him)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA, MDiv

I have extensive training as a couples counselor. My education in relational systems, or cycles, provides me with a unique perspective in seeing how each individual participates in the making of a whole. I use this to help couples discover ways that they may better relate to one another and strengthen their communication.

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Alexandra Leichter, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have worked with couples 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 combing their families.

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Tever Nickerson

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I use a treatment approach grounded in emotionally-focused couples work. I work to help you identify what you both really want from your relationship and how you can find comfort and acceptance in asking for what you really need from your partner. Even if there is frequently anger or mistrust in your relationship, we will work to decrease the emotional pain and increase understanding.

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Beverley Duke-Young (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S, M.S.

I have trained for years under Terry Real's Relational Therapy which helps teach couples how to build and work on developing respectful relationships; this builds on many areas including an understanding of control issues, boundaries, entitlement, shame. What each person experienced in their family of origin impacts and creates some of the roadblocks. How is the best conflict resolution managed between a couple. How to build resiliency and trust and develop empathy.

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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Fayanna Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Couples go through highs and lows throughout their relationship, including a variety of issues that range between small and large scale scenarios. I work with couples so that each partner can use their voice to express needs and create a space of trust with each other to establish trust, communication, decrease conflict, create positive change, and increase emotional and physical intimacy.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am trained at a Marriage and Couples therapist from Lewis and Clark college. My training has helped me to constantly look through a lens to help relationships change and grow.

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Jennifer Burrell, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Healthy relationships take work and most couples face challenges at some point during their relationship. When those challenges surface, having the support of a skilled counselor can make a huge difference. Investing in your relationship through couples counseling will pay off for years to come!

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Jill Corvelli (she/her)

Professional Counselor

PhD LPC

I adhere to Gottman blueprints and methods and layer neurodiversity research-based tools when appropriate. Additionally, I am trained in discernment counseling which is a method to support partners in picking one of 3 possible paths forward: 1) keep things as they are for now; 2) end the relationship and seek resources to do this aligned with their values; or 3) commit to 6 months of working on the relationship then assess progress.

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Sabrina Walters (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, LPC, Certified Gottman Therapist

At Core Values Counseling, we specialize in The Gottman Method of Couples therapy. We also provide couples conferences to add in your growth as a couple.

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Jenny Kepler

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Your relationship with your partner can be the source of groundedness, stability, love and passion. It can also cause stress, resentment and pain. In couples counseling we build relationship skills, discover what's blocking you from feeling closer and learn to stay connected through the rough times so that you can become better, more loving partners.

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Margot Standeven (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Masters in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling

Our work together would help each partner understand their part in the couple’s negative cycle and create vulnerable communication, so as to create a stronger couple bond.

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Joe Doherty

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model of "Mutuality" ...

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Mauri Castle Myers, MS

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

I work with couples to identify the negative cycle(s) that they are stuck in that stops them from having the relationship that they want, figure out how to step out of the cycle(s), and how to build cycles that nourish their relationship.

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Dana Denny

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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Catherine Palmer; MS, LPC, MFT (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Heather Rensmith (she, her, hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CST

Using Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Method, and others to help people achieve their relationship goals!

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Pauline Picco

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

see above statement on Gottman Relationship Therapy

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Liisa Heard, BS, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

BS, MSW, LCSW

I help all types of couples with navigating through their relationship issues. Offering support to people in relationships who may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. The relationship is the focus, although each partner should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness.

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