Couples and Relationship Therapy
Do you feel like your relationship is at a standstill? Are you and your partner stuck in the same argument loop every night? Do you feel like you and your partner are drifting away? Do you desire more intimacy between you and your partner?
All things can be improved, changed, and bettered with just a little support, no matter how big or small. With couples therapy, you will learn how to communicate your feelings and needs, and get what you want out of your relationship.
Some issues that bring couples to therapy are:
- Addiction/Partner Addiction Support
- Balance (Work/Life/Family)
- Blended Families
- Chronic Illness
- Extended Family
- Parenting Styles
What to Expect with Couples and Relationship Therapy
In my experience, I have found that 50 minute sessions are not enough time for couples, and they often leave unsettled and frustrated. With that, I offer 80 and 105 minute sessions. Additionally, my counseling approach includes over 40 years of research done by Dr. John and Dr. Julie Gottman. With my help, you will learn the seven fundamentals needed to maintain or restore friendship and intimacy, manage conflict and improve communication.
About the Gottman Method
The Gottman Method is the only therapy for couples that has been scientifically shown to be effective at reducing damaging conflict, increasing emotional and sexual intimacy, and increasing relationship satisfaction over the long term. For more information, visit The Gottman Institute Research Page.
Phase I: Assessment (3 Sessions)
Session #1 – Initial Meeting: I meet with the couple for the Intake/Assessment session. I gather information about the history of your relationship, and how each of you communicate and handle conflict.
Gottman Relationship Checkup: Between session 1 & 2, each partner completes a HIPAA compliant online Gottman Relationship Checkup which assesses strengths and growth areas in relationships.
Session #2 – Individual Sessions: I meet with each partner separately for 30-40 minutes.
Session #3 – Treatment Planning Session: I meet with both partners to review the results of the assessment and discuss your treatment plan.
Phase II: Intervention (2-3 Months)
This phase is grounded on the Research Based Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy which includes various interventions based on couple’s goals and needs. After 90 days, you will complete the 90-day post-test to assess treatment progress.
Phase III: Maintenance (Ongoing Sessions)
I like to meet with couples every week, then gradually less frequent. By the time you reach phase III, it will be clear if additional treatment is needed and how I can best support you in your treatment goals. Some couples need regular meetings and others need occasional check-in sessions to maintain progress.