Relationship / Marriage Issues

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 wellbeing, it may be time to seek help. Most relationship problems are caused, at least in part, by communication difficulties.  Seeing a mental health professional with your partner can help you 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. Seeing a therapist for premarital counseling can also be very beneficial and help you and your partner work through any major differences and set reasonable and healthy expectations for your marriage.

Local Experts in Relationship / Marriage Issues

Has a previously fluid and easy connection dissolved into fighting, blaming, emotional disconnection, or indifference? Differences in values causing stress or resentment? Wanting to reestablish intimacy and closeness? I have specialized training to help couples and individuals break patterns that cause fighting, improve communication, and strengthen connection.

Couple's Therapy can be sought for a multitude of reasons and one member of the couple may be more in favor than the other to seek out professional help. This is not unusual. I work with couples who are dating, married, same-sex, separating, divorcing, co-parenting-I believe that relationships are 'co-created' by the influence of each partner on the other and on the couplehood of the relationship.

Individuals grow in relationships and I am interested in helping couples develop loving, constructive and creative relationship environment in which growth can flourish in satisfying ways. Together we develop goals & strategies for cultivating positive changes. I utilize evidence-based Gottman methodology when working with my couples.

I have worked with many couples of all orientations to learn now to communicate and build a better life together. Here are some topics I work with most often: Navigating the path to intimacy, Effectively sharing and communicating emotions, Creating romance between best friends, Juggling career, children, and intimacy, Being vulnerable , and Building and repairing the safety of trust

Relationship in work, family, or life can be central to our well being. I work with people who face challenge in finding or leaving a partner / spouse; who seek a stronger relationship with boss / co-workers; and with family members and others in life.

There are countless models of healthy romantic relationships, from monogamous to polyamorous, and unique variations between partners. The scripts for dating and longterm relationships of previous generations may not be applicable to your relationship. But there is psychological research that shows that you can learn skills to create the conditions for healthy relationships.

I have a lifetime of experience, both personal and professional, with helping couples work through relationship issues. Struggling with communication, thinking about divorce/breaking up, or just fighting a lot? I can help.

EFT, Emotionally Focused couple counselor.

Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

None of us comes to any relationship in our lives unencumbered by what has gone before. Relationships can be so tricky because the complex system of one brain and personality and family meets another complex system. Relationships offer our best hope of feeling truly seen and understood by another. I would like to support you in your path to increased connection and safety.

Gottman method, communication patterns, conflict resolution, restoring closeness and partnership, adapting to children, intimacy

Joe was trained and has presented in \'Self-in-Connection\' theory as it relates to relationships including same gendered relationships. He works with poly/open and alternative relationships and is a \'kink aware\' therapist.

Issues within a partnership can be addressed as a unit, but sometimes the other person isn't available or they've already left. There is still growth and healing that can be done alone, to help you in grieving the relationship, feeling secure and confident in being single, or preparing to seek a healthier and more successful relationship.

I have attended training in Emotionally Focused Therapy in Seattle, NYC, and Portland. I have attended trainings by both Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Susan Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight, I am also familiar with the Gottman model.

Whether we committed to our partner knowing that they would help us grow or we were blindsided by the realization, it can be invaluable to have an outside perspective helping to navigate the tricky roads of modern relationships. My work has been primarily with couples considering parenthood or adjusting to parenting.

My desire to see people living as their best selves has motivated me to gain the necessary skills to be a marriage and couples counselor. If you ever once thought or believed that you were your best self alongside of your partner or spouse, and you are curious if you can be that way again, then I have the training to help you grow in communication and compassion to help you find out.

As an LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist), my Masters level training focused on family systems theory as used in the treatment of a wide variety of family problems, including couple and marital conflict. I have used this training since 2013 to help couples resolve conflict and foster deeper connection and relational well-being.

I have treated individuals and couples with relationship issues for over twenty five years.

I have worked with couples and families 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 combining their families.

As humans, we are wired to connect. When our connections confuse or hurt us, we suffer. But it doesn't have to end there. By learning our individual and relationship patterns, we can turn our hurt into a chance for even deeper, more resilient relationships. Through emotion-focused therapy, we can learn to change the dynamics between us without assigning blame or stonewalling.

I have a focus on Non-Monogamous or open relationships. These partnerships can be difficult to navigate. Despite intentions, jealousy, fear and difficulties with self worth can easily be present. Often, understanding support can be difficult to find.

I hold a Master's Degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy. Relationship issues are my area of specialization. I work with you in addressing the relationship challenges you face, understanding the underlying emotions, and building strategies for healthier communication.

Relationship difficulties are the number one reason clients end up in my office. It can be a relationship with yourself, your significant others, with employer, or with estranged friendships. Whatever the relationship, I believe that growing awareness of what you're doing well now will empower you to set boundaries and increase your sense of curious and trusting connections.

Studying relationships and how to help couples repair and build satisfying partnerships is one of my current passions. When working with couples I help them identify past resentments and current problematic behaviors that damage the relationship. I then help couples process those resentments and facilitate behavior change in session.

Whether you've been together 2 months or 20 years, you may find yourselves at crossroads asking yourselves questions big and small about your relationship. Couples counseling can help you explore your dynamic as a couple and how it impacts the way you think, feel, and communicate with each other, allowing you to deepen your connection and find clarity in the direction of your path as a couple.

Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are highly effective in helping shift relationship issues, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.

I have training in emotionally-focused therapy, which helps couples recognize the painful pattern of fighting they get in repeatedly. This approach focuses on how to reconnect with your partner, enhancing the closeness you crave.

Relationship problems often stem from unrealistic expectations about what our partners are meant to do for us. Therapy helps transform expectation into appreciation. In the end, our romantic relationships can be wonderful and deeply intimate friendships of mutual support and care.

My graduate school course of study was Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, with a systems lens. I have taken specific courses in sex therapy and couples therapy, as well as working with couples and relational systems in my multiple internship opportunities.

I have studied with several masters in this area and have developed a great skill set to help couples work through challenging times.

Sex and relationship therapy using various modalities to help achieve relationship satisfaction. Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method.

Are you looking to create deeper connections in your relationships? Relationships can be challenging. Our desire for change is often only realized when we are already in pain. It can be difficult to admit we are struggling or unhappy. Through our work together, we will focus on healthy communication, setting boundaries, how to manage conflict, and create a deeper understanding of self.

Hate each other? Just friends without sex? Looking outside your relationship to get your needs me? Are you entitled to happiness? I believe you are. I can help you locate the problems, work on them and ask tough questions about your current relationship(s) so that you can find a solution. Stay or go? Work on it or not? I am also a member of SASH, The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.

Whether it\'s premarital counseling, exploring non-monogamy, or ending a relationship that\'s no longer meeting your needs, every stage of a relationship comes with its own challenges. Using a couple\'s assessment, skill building, and an approach that treats each relationship\'s unique structure as equally valid and important, I will help you navigate the road ahead.

I focused on relationship issues in my Master's degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. I love working with people at all stages of relationships; pre-commitment, during parenting, or in high conflict times. I am happy to work with you on navigating communication, sexual issues, infidelity, or exploring the future of your relationship. I work with all kinds of relationships.

I have significant educational and training experiences in Couples Therapy, Attachment, Family Systems and Family of Origin therapies. I have treated many couples dealing with relationship and marital issues.

Though it may seem like therapy cliche, exploration of our attachment style in our family of origin is critical in the illumination of adult relational patterns. How secure we are in the world of relationships is influenced by our earliest attachments.  Are we trusting?  Or are we in anticipation of a betrayal?  Can we be authentic and transparent?  Or do we fear abandonment and rejection?

My training and background focused on relationships. In accordance my practice has a heavy focus on couples along with teaching pre-marriage classes at Northwest Catholic Counseling Center as a non-denominational therapist.

I approach this work by identifying patterns of interaction couples find themselves stuck in. Work includes focusing on understanding the needs of the other and learning to appreciate the differences. Work around infidelity consists of determining relationship commitment, examining the dynamics of the relationship before the affair, and rebuilding the trust of the hurt partner.

I have both the training and clinical experience to treat issues related to relationships, including interpersonal conflict, difficulty maintaining connections, problems with intimacy, sexual dysfunction, and divorce.

I am a Gottman Seven Principles trained educator and have completed the Gottman Level 1 couples training. Additionally, I have and continue to participate in graduate education and professional development in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). I incorporate the Gottman Method, IPNB, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in my work with couples.

External integration coincides with internal integration. By focusing on differentiation we develop a more complete awareness of parts required for integration. To put the puzzle together, we first define the pieces and provide for individual needs, decreasing dependency and increasing mutual respect, freedom, and curiosity within 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.

I try and help individuals realize what they can do to make their connections to others more useful and to help set clear boundaries. With couples work, it's navigating this directly with one's partner.

I provide coaching to improve communication, intimacy and conflict resolution skills for individuals, couples and family members. Coaching is also provided for business owners, managers and teams.

I am trained in Gottman therapy (level 2) and use this as my primary therapy with couples and non-monogamous relationships. This method has over a decade of research understanding what makes long-term relationships work. I find this to be a highly effective therapy for building better communication, deepening intimacy, and learning how to resolve conflicts.

Single and want to be coupled? Coupled and want more satisfaction? Co-dependant, too independent, anxious, avoidant? Relationships bring some of the biggest life challenges we face.

Nothing saps the joy from life more than relationship conflict. I love having the opportunity to help couples hear each other, to see the relationship from each other's perspective and recognize the need to work together.

I have completed Sue Johnson\'s Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and continue to take advantage of ongoing training with Portland\'s local EFT Trainer Sharon Chatkupt Lee.

All couples are welcome at Refresh Therapy. Whether you are dating, living together, engaged, married or anything in between—couples therapy can be a great way to improve your relationship. We believe that each couple has its own unique challenges and history, and we tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

When our relationships are in a state of chaos it can overturn your entire life. When both partners can commit to working on themselves and open to healing the relationship - much can be done to calm the waters and invite safety and connection in again. I work with all kinds of relationships, and strive to help people build strong, resilient, healthy ways of being together.

I love working with couples, especially couples with children. We naturally shift between issues that come up in the marriage and issues that come up with the kids.

Relationships are complex. They require a lot of care & maintenance. I draw experience from my own 20+ years of marriage as well as facilitate couples forums where developing communication, connection, respect & strengthening the partnership are key. I have worked with couples that are dating, recently married, remarried couples, 'empty nest' couples, and same sex partners.

Do you like your love outside of the box? Have you had trouble finding a counselor who does not pathologize your sexual expression? Are you poly, kinky, or employed in the sex industry? Avoid the pitfalls of sex in the shadows; the guilt, shame, and dishonesty that can wreck our lives. Come work with a professional counselor who supports you and your right to sexual autonomy and self-expression.

I believe relationships are the cornerstone of all human development. Our development has everything to do with our ability to have long, stable, and loving relationships.

Relationship difficulties often start small and we try not to notice them. At some point they become unavoidable and we have choices to make. There is hope for your relationship, you can change patterns and perceptions and find joy again.

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