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Couples Therapy

The most basic and core desire that we collectively carry is for deep human connection. It is the pillar on which human development is built.

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.” – Esther Perel

According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, besides food, water, and safety, love and belonging are the most important needs for each of us to fulfill. This includes our need for interpersonal relationships, desire for intimacy, longing to connect with others, and efforts to be integrated into a group. When these needs are met, our overall well-being improves, and we live a more fulfilled life.

We each crave this experience of human connection and intimacy in our relationships, and most especially with our partners. You are building a life with this person. You had plans and ideas about what this would look and feel like… about how it would evolve. But regardless of this desire to connect with our partners, we sometimes find ourselves in conflict. We find ourselves confused and wondering where the relationship shifted. A relationship that initially felt supportive, nourishing, and playful suddenly feels draining, invalidating, and broken.

As much as we wish it weren’t the case, conflict is an inevitable and necessary part of a relationship.  The question remains, how can we foster healthy connection in a relationship where there is conflict?

Couples therapy can help clients to improve communication, increase understanding, resolve problems, and ultimately to reconnect in their relationship. These acts increase validation and empathy within the relationship, while fostering restored intimacy and fulfillment in their lives together.

How I Can Help

The core of my work with couples is to foster a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment to process and express their emotions, as well as to increase self awareness. I assist couples by increasing their understanding of the communication patterns within their relationship, as well as the impact of their personal attachment style and family of origin dynamics on their current partnership. Within the context of couples therapy sessions, intimacy and connection is fostered, and each partner will learn valuable skills for emotional regulation.

I also integrate Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s approach to couples therapy which is based on over forty years of research conducted on thousands of couples. The Gottman Method includes detailed assessment of a couple’s relationship, while integrating research-based interventions centered around the Sound Relationship House Theory.

The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are:

  • to disarm conflicting verbal communication
  • to increase intimacy, respect, and affection
  • to remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy
  • to create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship

Sessions will be individually structured based on unique couple’s needs, but will incorporate both individual and couple’s sessions to support the therapeutic process.

Would you like to learn more?

Contact me for a complimentary 30-minute phone or video consultation so that we can discuss your interest in couple’s therapy, or click the link below to schedule a session today. I can’t wait to connect with you!