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.

Local Experts in Couples Counseling

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.

Extensive training and experience in sex therapy, Gottman therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and family systems therapy has built up my 'tool kit' for couples. Many years of seeing many couples has been an enormous help in understanding dysfunctional, highly reactive patterns that can destroy love.

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.

You are the expert about your relationship. This is a very personal topic and one that requires thoughtful understanding of who we are and where we are needing to be true to ourselves and our relationship. Our past experiences shape our current relationships at times, and at times we are exploring new territory. My practice has a focus on emotional intimacy, passion, and grief & loss work.

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.\nI 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.\n

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.

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).

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 communication or target a specific conflict like anger, infidelity, money, sex, or household duties.

Couples and premarital counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Couples seek counseling for various reasons such as to improve communication, resolve ongoing conflict, increase levels of intimacy, resolve sexual desire or dysfunction problems, power struggles, infidelity, addiction, parenting conflict, or blended family concerns.

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.

I 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Love, passion, and a bit of mystery may have brought you and your partner together but for whatever reason, those elements are harder to identify at the moment. I will collaboratively work with you and your partner to access those experiences of tenderness in order to start healing and repairing the memories of hurt that can take place through the course of a relationship.

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.

I have over 3+ years at servicing couples and been well trained in dealing with couples. I have taken advance training in sexual issues, domestic violence, trauma, and mindfulness. I have seen couples in the middle of affairs, divorce, separation, and couples who want to learn to communicate in a healthy way as the part from one another but not from their children.

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.

In relationships you grow as a couple and as individuals. My work with couples focuses on strengthening the relationship, identifying problematic patterns, learning new ways of interacting, and increasing communication skills. I incorporate tools from The Gottman Institute to help facilitate these changes.

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.

Building healthy relationships is the foundation of my work as a therapist. I work with couples at all different stages of life on how to communicate in a way that promotes growth and joy in relationship. When working with couples in premarital counseling, I encourage couples to know themselves well so that they can share their lives in a more meaningful way with each other.

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

I have trained with John Gottman, Terrence Real, Bader and Pearson and others, which forms the foundation of my couples work.

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.

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

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.

I do have experience working with couples helping them to understand each other as well as exploring various options and solutions in helping them to find their medium to cultivate and nurture their relationship.

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.

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model

I am passionate about what works to help relationships succeed. I use Gottman Method, Emotion-focused and mindfulness-based therapies to guide couples toward meaning and satisfaction in their relationships again.

My training in couples therapy began in Graduate School. I did a specialized rotation focusing on Couples and Family therapy work over 2 years at Harborview Hospital. I have continued that work and enrich it through ongoing consultation with other couples therapy specialist here in Portland.

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.

I have been trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, a research based method that focuses on strengthening friendship within the relationship, teaching skills to manage conflict more effectively, and helping couples to better support one another's hopes and dreams for the future. Through use of this method, I also provide couples with concrete skills they can use long after therapy has ended.

see above statement on Gottman Relationship Therapy

Have had years of practice using this orientation

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.

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.

I have a lot of experience working with couples. I use both collaborative methods and the Gottman Method. I believe most couples can flourish if they can communicate needs and work to meet their partner\'s needs within the relationship.

I help couples find each other again with respect, love, and intimacy. To do that conflict has to become something that provides connection and understanding rather than distance.

I have completed related courses, conferences, workshops and I am committed to keeping up on the latest research/literature and most effective methods and skills.

We each possess our own unique templates of experience that inform our interpersonal rules and habits. In other words, we often expect what we saw in childhood. For many of us, that includes a sometime subconscious expectation of invasion or abandonment. Couples counseling provides a safe space to explore our beliefs, challenge our perceptions, and experiment with real connection in safe doses.

For more than ten years I have been helping couples in all stages of relationship- dating, engaged, married, and unfortunately even through divorce. I use a variety of therapy models depending on each couples style and their desired outcome. Communication is often the major part of improving a relationship.

Couples counseling cultivates an emotionally safe environment for understanding and exploring the wisdom your relationship teaches including skills for effective communication, active listening, and increased understanding of your partner. This process also provides an unmatched opportunity for you to more deeply understand yourself. Successful couples work encompasses all of these.

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.

The intimate dance that couples engage in can spiral out of control at times. We will work to identify those patterns and stop them in their tracks. Our work will be focused on bringing you together around the strengths of your relationship and build hope for a brighter future.

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.

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.

I have studied and worked with couples using methods including Hakomi and Gottman. I endeavor to help couples create new, productive patterns that support each individual and the relationship as a whole.

I believe that healing comes from new experiences in relationships that can be the source of love as well as the most painful experiences in our lives. Addressing disconnect among partners, relational loneliness, power struggles, bickering, sexual boredom, infidelity or parenting issues can be difficult adjustments while growing as a couple. Couples counseling can help you break old habits.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My private practice is currently comprised of 40% couples, 60% individuals. I am passionate about working with couples as the relationship is in the room in front of me, and I can see couples make 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.

← Back to Terms List