The key to successful relationships
How Couples Counseling Can Help
Couples counseling offers a safe space for you and your partner to explore the areas of your relationship that are causing tension and/or conflict. Our therapists are expertly trained and qualified to help you identify and break down barriers so you can focus on strengthening the bond you share.
We frequently see clients in the following areas:
Taking the time to establish a solid and healthy foundation will strengthen your marriage. You’ll look at your relationship objectively, discuss expectations and differences, and learn how to effectively communicate and resolve conflict.
Although every relationship is subject to the same issues, relationships are not one-size-fits-all. Non-traditional relationships have the potential to amplify or emphasize problems. Together, we’ll explore the complexities of your relationship and give you a space to find solutions that suit everyone’s needs.
Family of origin
The family you grow up with influences who you become. Sometimes these differences in cultural expectations can cause difficulties in how you communicate and relate to one another. We’ll explore what you learned about life, love, and conflict growing up so you can better understand how this influences your current relationship – for better and for worse.
As your life progresses, circumstances also change. Some, like getting married, moving, or having a baby, can be exciting. Others may fill you with uncertainty. We’ll address your feelings during significant life changes and help the two of you peacefully figure out next steps and navigate your new situation.
Get back to feeling loved and supported. Poor communication is often a symptom, not the key problem in a relationship. We’ll look at emotional patterns and communication styles so you and your partner can connect on the same level.
Conflict is normal, but resentment grows when issues are left unresolved. You’ll learn how to recognize patterns, break bad habits, find common ground, and work toward a resolution that suits both of you.
You’ve heard it’s important to set boundaries, but have little details on how to define, construct, communicate, and execute them. You’ll learn how to put yourself first, make sure your relationship is reciprocated, and how to be an advocate for yourself.
Emotional and physical intimacy
That spark you had isn’t gone, you just need help finding it again. You’ll learn how to talk about fantasies and desires, be a receptive partner, and negate boredom and resentment. We’ll find the spark to your missing passion so you and your partner can find a place of closeness and connectivity again.
When betrayal occurs, it’s not always the end. Together, we’ll process the what, why, and how of what happened in order to help you move forward. You’ll work on understanding and forgiveness, so you can recommit to each other and start rebuilding trust.
Reinvigorating the relationship
“Blah” is no way to describe a relationship. The good news is you don’t have to be stuck there. Together, we’ll work to get your relationship out of the rut of predictability and back to an exciting connection that doesn’t feel like you’re settling.
This is a tremendous challenge and we’re here for you every step of the way. Together, we’ll help you relate to each other, weigh options, and navigate financial or emotional stressors so you can better understand and support one another.
Medical and health issues
Life doesn’t always go as planned. Chronic health issues are a common threat to your previously strong support system. We’ll work through complicated issues, focus on the big picture, and help restore a sense of balance in your relationship.
This can shake even the strongest relationships. We’ll help you find the root of the situation, explore emotional needs, and find ways to heal and reconnect. This can ultimately become a constructive experience rather than the end of your relationship.
Separation and divorce
One part of your relationship has ended. Our goal is to help you function effectively as a partnership, rather than a romantic couple. We’ll facilitate open and fair communication so this transition is as smooth and painless as possible.
Distressed / high-conflict couples
You know your relationship is unhealthy, but still want to find ways to relate to each other. We’ll help you identify and break out of negative patterns so your relationship can get back to a healthy state. Some couples also see this as a safe space to discuss whether or not the relationship is worth saving or if it’s time to split amicably.
Strengthen the bond in your relationship.