In many couples, partners truly care about one another but have barriers that have gotten in the way of their loving relationship, e.g., communication patterns that are destructive to the relationship, difficulty addressing conflict in a caring and constructive way, not "turning towards" each other frequently enough, relationship upset due to an emotional and/or physical affair. I love coaching the couple in the needed skills and strategies, and helping them through the necessary process to overcome these obstacles and renew and strengthen their relationship.
I coach couples in using the tools and strategies developed by The Gottman Institute based on Dr. John Gottman's decades of research on what leads to couple relationship satisfaction and longevity. The most gratifying part of doing couples therapy for me is that I find these tools and strategies to be very effective! They typically lead to couples having more caring, intimate, and satisfying interactions. Facilitating and witnessing such a transformation is heartwarming -- not only for the couple but for me!
In addition to standard couples therapy sessions, I offer intensive or marathon couples therapy for couples -- i.e., 2.5 to 7 hours of therapy on one or more days pending availability. This is a good option for couples who wish to work intensively on their relationship, want to change their interaction patterns more quickly or live a distance away and want to streamline their time.
I work with a lot of couples who want to have more constructive and caring skills for addressing conflict and differences.
I enjoy working with partners of different races, socioeconomic classes, and/or other cultural backgrounds to be able to better understand and communicate across cultural differences and reach resolutions that are satisfying to both members of the couple.
I frequently work with couples in which one or both members of the couple also have an individual mental health issue that impacts the relationship. If desired, I may incorporate some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies for addressing mood or anxiety issues, help the other partner understand the experience of a given diagnosis, and offer referrals for individual therapy.
You are invited to contact me at 267-368-2678 between 10AM and 7:30PM any day of the week for a free 15-minute phone consultation about whether my practice is a good fit for your needs. If so, and if you and your partner are both ready to set up an appointment, we can go ahead and do so. If you like, you can ask basic questions by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org; however, please be aware that email is not a confidential means of communication and so it will be important for us to talk by phone for more in-depth questions prior to making an appointment.
Those who have limited financial resources may wish to first contact the number on the back of their insurance card and inquire whether they have "out-of-network benefits" and if so, find out what they are. If, after any out-of-network insurance benefits, my standard rate is not affordable to you, I am happy to discuss my sliding scale, which is based on financial need.