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 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.

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.

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 combine my training with EMDR in the use of couples counseling along with what I learned at Allies in Change, as well as my study of Internal Family Systems to create a dynamic way of interacting and working through problematic issues with couples. This really should be relationship counseling as I am happy to work with Poly groups as well.

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 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 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.

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.

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model

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.

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 use numerous approuches when working with couples

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Learn how to give yourself a better chance to get your needs met, while honoring the needs of your partner. Develop the capacity to stay with yourself and to stay connected with your partner during activation and conflict, so your relationship can evolve as you do.

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.

Have had years of practice using this orientation

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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?

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 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 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.

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.

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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.

Experience with couples, ongoing training.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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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