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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Joe is trained as a couples therapist using the relational model

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 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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 a experiential and Emotionally-Focused framework to work with couples to address intimacy issues within their relationship. Having worked with countless couples, as well as received special training within this area, I am skilled at balancing empathy and direction needed to provide a positive impact for couples.

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.

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.

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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