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 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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Professionally, I find that the Gottman Method has proven to be very effective in defining, treating, and resolving couples' conflicts. With helpful companion books and weekly therapy sessions, change can occur quickly. Couples often find that loving support and trust lie just underneath the misunderstanding and hurt.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Melanie is trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing primarily on how clients show up in relation to others (family, friends, intimate partners). She uses a combination of experiential therapy and attachment theory to increase a couple's bond by enhancing trust and emotional safety in the relationship.

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

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.

My training in several treatment modalities for couples therapy helps me identify the best course of counseling for your specific needs. Given my training in systems theory and communication theory, I view my role as collaborator in helping you resolve your problems. I believe that identifying problematic patterns in your relationship is central to building the relationship you desire.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

I've worked with couples for years, have received extensive supervision from an experienced couples therapist, and have studied and incorporated a wide range of theories including the Gottman Method, Emotion Focused Therapy and Imago Relationship Therapy.

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.

I have completed through Level II of the Gottman method and base my work with couples on their underlying theory, use their assessments and tools.

I attended a graduate program that specialized in couples and family therapy. The program taught systems theory along with other relational and communication theories. I utilize several modalities of treatment in my work with couples and families including Emotionally Focused Therapy and non-violent communication skills.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Let me help you work towards your relationship goals: the art of relationship in the 21st century: couples becoming soul mates. \n\nI will help you learn: \n\n*How to effectively share and communicate emotions with your partner\n\n*How to bring more romance into your life\n\n* How to Juggle career, children, and intimacy \n\n*Being vulnerable \n\nBuilding and repairing the safety of trust

Our most intimate relationships need and deserve attention and nurturing. I have worked for years with couples, GLBTQ and straight, to address major issues or fine-tune an already strong relationship.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy integrates emotional, behavioral, existential, cognitive, narrative, systemic, and psychodynamic theories, and is well-researched and evidence-based. It deals with couple conflict and its resolution and extends into the everyday aspects of couple interaction through building and repairing the couple\'s friendship and love, and emphasizing the shared meaning.

I use numerous approuches when working with couples

I work with couples who are experiencing a variety of transitions or difficulties in their relationship. With training through M.E.T.A. and The Gottman Institute I help couples identify what is not working for them relationally and what is occurring beneath the surface of their interactions. With this information and insight, couples are better equipped to move toward each other in healing ways.

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.

I have completed formal training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, drawing from models by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. I would be happy to speak with you specifically about my extensive training with Charles Edwards and Jamie Levin-Edwards. I focus on both attachment and identity issues. Do you tend to pursue or avoid your partner? What cycle are you stuck in?

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.

My graduate training was as a Marriage and Couples Therapist. I believe therapy can be a place to repair trust, to learn new ways of communicating or even to understand your spouse or partner in new and exciting ways. The role of a couples counselor is often paramount to resolving old patterns of conflict or healing relationship wounds.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Skilled in couples counseling, transition counseling, separation and reconciliation, conflict management and divorce therapy.

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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