Couples come to therapy with courage and high hopes of piecing back together the fabric of their relationships. Many couples have the foresight to seek outside assistance before their relationship deteriorates, others wait in denial hoping against all odds that it will magically fix itself. As a family psychologist, I have the opportunity and privilege of helping to put the pieces back together. AND IT WORKS!!! Treatment can be fun and effective in helping to build healthy relationships.
My approach in working with couples is focused, fun and empowering. First, I support each partner with their own emotional intelligence and personal/spiritual growth. Keeping each partner focused on opportunities for their own personal growth is empowering for them and a more enjoyable process. Second, clarifying boundaries, communication, cognitive distortions and the impact of personal family history helps develop insight and confidence in the relationship. Lastly, by putting personal growth together with new insights and education about relationships and their own family history couples can learn to take their relationship to a higher level
Through many years of working with couples, I have developed a style that is educational, experiential and personally fulfilling.
“What can make a marriage work is surprisingly simple. Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others. But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all couples have) from overwhelming their positive ones. They have what I call an emotionally intelligent marriage.” (John Gottman, Ph.D. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.)
I encourage people to work out the kinks in their marriage regularly to keep the relationship from deteriorating and to continue to work toward pleasant emotional wellbeing.
Our services include:
- Marital and premarital therapy
- Therapy for managing Divorce
- Rebuilding the relationship after an extramarital affair“People who stay married live four years longer than those who don’t.” John Gottman, Ph.D.