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Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

What do we do in Couples Counseling?

With one of our therapists, 

you and your partner can continue to develop 

your intimacy, respect, and affection 

as you gain further empathy and understanding, 

and rekindle the friendship that formed your relationship.  

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We focus on what seems to be a 

source of distress while 

providing an opportunity to practice new skills 

to effectively hear one another, 

eliminate the ‘blame game’ 

and heal from lingering hurts.




Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Individual and conjoint sessions are utilized to:

Tackle the ‘hot’ topics more effectively

Improve Communication Issues 

Address Intimacy and Trust Issues 

Navigate Conflict More Effectively 

Accept Your Role and Responsibility Within Relationship Dynamics

Explore Relationship Goals and Dreams 

Become a Better Partner

Transform Your Relationship Today!

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How do I know if Relationship and Marriage Counseling is for us?

Couples in distress often report one or more of the following issues 

which have led them to couples counseling:

 

  • Poor Communication
  • Frequent Arguments (Over the Same Issues)
  • We Bring Up Divorce/Separation When We Argue
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Infidelity
  • A sense of Disconnection / Loneliness
  • Feelings ‘Stuck’
  • Impact of Mental Health Issues on the Relationship
  • Boundary Issues
  • Unexpressed Wishes or Dreams
  • Avoidance of Expressing Your Thoughts and Feelings
  • Imbalance in Household Duties
  • Challenges in Adjusting to Major Life Events (Career Change, Birth of Child, Marriage, Illness or Death in the Family)
  • Substance Use Issues Impacting the Relationship







Marriage and Relationship Counseling 

is typically 12 to 18 sessions and 

can vary based upon presenting issues.    







The Process

You and your partner work toward rebuilding your foundation, restoring the intimacy, respect, and affection, gaining further 

insight, empathy and understanding, and revitalizing 

the friendship that formed your relationship. 
 

Have the difficult conversations that lead to healing

Our therapists will address the hot topics causing distance while raising awareness of the communication difficulties and relational patterns bringing you to your current impasse.  



The Skills

You'll learn how to understand the 'relationship dance', your emotional triggers and where they come from, while learning

how to fight, how to complain, to resolve conflict more effectively, improve your communication so that you can go be free of the problematic patterns which have kept you stuck for so long.  

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What If My Partner Is Reluctant to Attend Sessions?

         Often one partner is more motivated to attend sessions than the other, 

and then there are times when one partner flat out refuses. 


Resistance to therapy can be common due to a number of reasons:
 

The stigma associated with therapy 

Concern about what may be addressed within sessions 

Worry we will move toward separation or divorce 

Deep feelings of embarrassment 

Feeling ‘forced’ to attend sessions 

Discussing your problems with someone outside of the relationship 

                                                                                             


Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Relationship and Marriage Counseling can be more effective when 

both parties are present, however, our therapists can be of 

support to help you work through the relationship distress.  


 Sessions will focus on improving your communication 

and conflict resolution skills, learning about your 

relationship patterns impacting the relationship, 

and discovering and expressing your needs in a healthier way.  

Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

 Perhaps as begin to create positive changes within your relationship 

your partner might be motivated to join you for a family session in the future.  



If this does not happen, we are hopeful the personal growth within sessions 

will improve the quality of your experience within your relationship.  

What if things don't improve?

Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

The 'D' Word

  

Our therapists will work with you and your partner to improve 

the quality of the relationship and address the above issues 

so long as that continues to be your goal.  


However, there are times when you or your partner 

may be considering a separation or divorce.  


Through a specific protocol, our therapists can support 

you and your partner as you work toward deciding to continue to 

work on the relationship or move towards termination. 


Learn more about Discernment Counseling

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