Couples Therapy

You've clicked here because you are interested in couple's therapy.  I recommend that you first read my description for individual therapy that is on the prior page.   Here is what I said...

I define myself as a solution-focused, integrative family therapist.  What this means is that my work supports clients in delineating and then working towards achieving attainable goals for themselves individually as well as themselves relationally with others.  Though many of my clients have endured difficult situations in the past - some of these traumatic - my training in narrative as well as Bowenian theory enables me to guide and support clients in creating and maintaining a more fulfilling and meaningful future.  Bowenian therapy looks at past generations in your family that have transmitted intergenerational patterns of being and interacting with others, while narrative therapy focuses on examining the

"stories" from the past and recognizing how these interpretations are impacting you at the present.

 

I have years of specialized training in family therapy as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy.  This orientation places every individual I see in the context of their current and past relationships and also supports clients in identifying and ultimately challenging thinking and core beliefs.   I utilize all of these therapeutic modalities in creating individualized treatment plans that are tailored to the needs of each person I see.

 

When I work with couples, it is with the recognition and understanding that I have two individuals sitting in front of me.  There are two people who come from different family systems and have different life experiences before their life together began.  Past narratives are carried into significant partner and marital relationships, thus making the therapeutic work extremely complex.  I work closely with couples on recognizing not only early narrative experiences that may be impacting their relationship now, but also their current communication and conflict resolution patterns, which may have eroded over time.  I also work with redirected goal setting to guide couples on a mutually agreed upon path going forward.  

Here are some of the issues that are addressed in my work with couples:

 

  • Poor communication

  • Poor conflict resolution skills

  • Substance abuse disorders

  • Infertility

  • Infidelity

  • Parenting issues

  • Aging Parent issues

  • Trauma

  • Separation

  • Divorce

  • Remarriage

  • Blended Family

  • Work / Career / Retirement Issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Illness

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