Only 12% of therapists have specific training in Marriage & Family Therapy.
My training started in graduate school with a speciality in child, family, and couples counseling. I went on to get further specialization in Gottman Couples Therapy (Level 1) and The Couples Institute (Full Year Specialization).
This is such important work for everyone in the room. Other than our parents, our partners in life are one of the biggest influences on our growth, development as a person, and happiness.
“You’re our second couples therapist and my husband talked more in the first two sessions than he did in a whole year with the other therapist! It’s almost unbelievable to me. We’re already making changes that should have happened years ago. Thank you so much.” – M.B.
The longer I’m in practice, the more I feel that your individual work is more effective at changing your relationship. I’m currently only seeing Individuals wanting to improve or heal their marriage.
I’m not seeing couples together.
If you’re looking for hypnosis to heal yourself and your relationship, please check out my Hypnosis for Couples page. If you’re looking more for traditional couples counseling, please seek services from a different therapist keeping the information below in mind.
A friend once asked me if I thought that Couples therapy can hurt rather than help. She was concerned about going in and “just fighting the whole time.” I told her, “Yes, I did think it could hurt.” If the therapy is not structured for change, if it does not require that the couple begin to relate differently in session, then they can walk out feeling like they could have had that fight at home . . . why pay someone to be there with them?
I recommend couples therapy centered around the methods of Julie and John Gottman who have been leading researchers in this field for over 30 years as well as the Couples Institute Developmental Model. With these two models, couples learn not just how to stay together, but stay together happily.
Who wants to stay together miserably for the next 20 years? Couples therapy helps the couple learn new ways to relate so that they both feel better in the relationship.
Warning Signs of a Relationship in Trouble
- Feeling constantly Criticized
- Feeling like you’re going in circles and not ever solving anything
- No sex or happens infrequently
- None or very little affection
- Avoiding phone calls or emails
- Ridicule and Name Calling
- Uncontrolled Anger
- Addiction or Addictive Habits
- Constant thoughts of Divorce
- Avoiding your partner or not wanting to talk to each other at all
- Refusing to discuss things in the relationship, cutting conversations off
- Workaholism, to the point where you never talk or spend time together
- Not being able to talk about most things without one or both of you becoming defensive about it and either exploding or shutting down
If you have a couple of the these warning signs or read one of them and get that sinking feeling in your stomach and you want to work on yourself as a partner in your marriage or relationship, then schedule a free consultation to see if we’re a good fit to work together. If we are, I’ll work to get your relationship back on the right track.