Brigg Noyes, PhD

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    Availability: Available Openings
    License: Psychologist
    Address: 160 S 1000 E Suite 310
    Salt Lake City
    Utah
    84102
    United States

    Best Way of Reaching Me: Phone or Email is Fine
    The reason I chose to specialize in marriage and couples counseling is….:

    I specialize in marriage and couples counseling because I want to help those of you who are feeling vulnerable or overhelmed in your relationship and don’t know what to do next. Romantic relationships have such a huge potential for joy, but they can also cause so much pain. I work as a marriage counselor because I love reconnecting people with the amazing possibilities they can reach in their relationship even when they have given up hope.

    Through my life experience and my development as a professional psychologist, I’ve come to strongly believe that relationships are the foundation for happiness in our lives. If we have positive and supportive relationships, we tend to overall be happier – if not, we tend to suffer more.

    We all seem to inherently understand this as we have a pull to connect with others. We are social beings and suffer when we are alone. We especially suffer when we feel rejected, hurt, or left out. This is one of the big problems with relationships: being close to others requires a certain level of risk. We have to expose ourselves if we want to gain the benefits of a close, supportive relationship. Couples in romantic relationships tend to especially find themselves in a push-pull situation where they want/expect to be supported, but at the same time feel very exposed by their emotional vulnerability. They then easily lash out or feel hurt.

    I specialize in couples counseling because I want to help you better manage walking this dangerous edge between wanting to be understood/loved/open and wanting to be safe/protected/closed. I know that doing this in the right way can lead to amazing changes in your life.

    What you most enjoy about working with couples is….:

    In marriage counseling, I focus on helping you reduce conflict, communicate effectively, and interact genuinely. I encourage you to move past surface-level issues in order to understand and talk about the deeper reasons why each of you is behaving the way you are. This usually involves accessing and supporting emotions.

    This process of moving from communicating on the surface to supporting what is hidden and deeper can be powerful and moving for many couples. Often by the time you have made it to therapy you have fallen into a pattern of comfortably avoiding difficult issues. Talking about REAL things and REAL feelings can be very eye-opening. It is often hard, but in a good way.

    My role in this process is to be a non-judgmental guide and support for working through whatever has been hidden. This is my favorite part of couples counseling because I feel honored to be included in such an important process. I feel deeply respectful of your ability to take on this work to improve your relationship.

    Are there kinds of couples or issues that you work with a lot?:

    Though I work with all types of couple problems, I have two specialty areas that I frequently work with:

    – Men’s emotional issues:
    – Socialization ideas related to ideal masculinity (such as “men don’t cry,” men being the primary breadwinner, hypersexuality, being in control) lead to unique problems for men and their partners in long-term romantic relationships. Specifically, men often experience feelings of conflict between what their partners or spouses expect of them (being emotionally available) and what is expected of them “as a man.” This often leads to multiple problems, including sexual issues, addiction, overworking, porn use, or affairs.
    – Trauma history:
    – When one or both partners in a couple have a history of trauma (including childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or some more recent violent or emotional event) it typically has a strong impact on the relationship. This is because experiencing trauma often affects a person’s ability to trust or feel safe. While marriages are theoretically based on emotional safety, there are still MOMENTS where we all have difficulty trusting or feel unsafe. Individuals with traumatic histories tend to respond to these moments strongly, which can be upsetting for everyone involved and disturbing to the relationship.

    What are the steps to becoming a client in my practice?:

    The easiest way to schedule an appointment with me is directly through my website at www.saltlakerelationshipcenter.com. There is an online scheduler there where you can find a time that works for you. You can also contact me via telephone (info@slrelc.com), text (801-876-4711), or email (info@slrelc.com) to ask any questions or arrange an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!

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Availability: Available Openings
License: Psychologist
Address: 160 S 1000 E Suite 310
Salt Lake City
Utah
84102
United States
Best Way of Reaching Me: Phone or Email is Fine
The reason I chose to specialize in marriage and couples counseling is….:

I specialize in marriage and couples counseling because I want to help those of you who are feeling vulnerable or overhelmed in your relationship and don't know what to do next. Romantic relationships have such a huge potential for joy, but they can also cause so much pain. I work as a marriage counselor because I love reconnecting people with the amazing possibilities they can reach in their relationship even when they have given up hope.

Through my life experience and my development as a professional psychologist, I've come to strongly believe that relationships are the foundation for happiness in our lives. If we have positive and supportive relationships, we tend to overall be happier - if not, we tend to suffer more.

We all seem to inherently understand this as we have a pull to connect with others. We are social beings and suffer when we are alone. We especially suffer when we feel rejected, hurt, or left out. This is one of the big problems with relationships: being close to others requires a certain level of risk. We have to expose ourselves if we want to gain the benefits of a close, supportive relationship. Couples in romantic relationships tend to especially find themselves in a push-pull situation where they want/expect to be supported, but at the same time feel very exposed by their emotional vulnerability. They then easily lash out or feel hurt.

I specialize in couples counseling because I want to help you better manage walking this dangerous edge between wanting to be understood/loved/open and wanting to be safe/protected/closed. I know that doing this in the right way can lead to amazing changes in your life.

What you most enjoy about working with couples is….:

In marriage counseling, I focus on helping you reduce conflict, communicate effectively, and interact genuinely. I encourage you to move past surface-level issues in order to understand and talk about the deeper reasons why each of you is behaving the way you are. This usually involves accessing and supporting emotions.

This process of moving from communicating on the surface to supporting what is hidden and deeper can be powerful and moving for many couples. Often by the time you have made it to therapy you have fallen into a pattern of comfortably avoiding difficult issues. Talking about REAL things and REAL feelings can be very eye-opening. It is often hard, but in a good way.

My role in this process is to be a non-judgmental guide and support for working through whatever has been hidden. This is my favorite part of couples counseling because I feel honored to be included in such an important process. I feel deeply respectful of your ability to take on this work to improve your relationship.

Are there kinds of couples or issues that you work with a lot?:

Though I work with all types of couple problems, I have two specialty areas that I frequently work with:

- Men's emotional issues:
- Socialization ideas related to ideal masculinity (such as "men don't cry," men being the primary breadwinner, hypersexuality, being in control) lead to unique problems for men and their partners in long-term romantic relationships. Specifically, men often experience feelings of conflict between what their partners or spouses expect of them (being emotionally available) and what is expected of them "as a man." This often leads to multiple problems, including sexual issues, addiction, overworking, porn use, or affairs.
- Trauma history:
- When one or both partners in a couple have a history of trauma (including childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or some more recent violent or emotional event) it typically has a strong impact on the relationship. This is because experiencing trauma often affects a person's ability to trust or feel safe. While marriages are theoretically based on emotional safety, there are still MOMENTS where we all have difficulty trusting or feel unsafe. Individuals with traumatic histories tend to respond to these moments strongly, which can be upsetting for everyone involved and disturbing to the relationship.

What are the steps to becoming a client in my practice?:

The easiest way to schedule an appointment with me is directly through my website at www.saltlakerelationshipcenter.com. There is an online scheduler there where you can find a time that works for you. You can also contact me via telephone (info@slrelc.com), text (801-876-4711), or email (info@slrelc.com) to ask any questions or arrange an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!

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