Factors of everyday life can put an abundant strain on a relationship. Severe stressors may include resentment, infidelity, intimacy issues, lack of trust, and miscommunication. When problems go unresolved, one can feel helpless or have feelings of guilt, shame, resentment and contempt. Communicating effectively on both parts can alleviate emotional distress and work towards relationship healing.
Couples often seek counseling when the relationship is at a standstill, or if they are unsure whether or not the relationship is worth salvaging. My therapeutic approach is to offer specific interventions and ideas for you to develop in-session and at home. If you are seeking more than a "venting session," you have come to the right place. I ensure my practice offers a place where couples may feel safe and secure with appropriate boundaries. I offer the opportunity for both sides to feel heard, understood and listened to. Centering around honesty, emotional healing, mutual respect, personal accountability and ownership of individual differences and team work.
Many couples have found my experience helpful in the areas described below.
Infidelity and Cheating: Whether it was an emotional affair, a physical affair, or somewhere in between working through such issues can be challenging and emotional, healing can be achieved and trust restored.
Intimacy and Romance: Feeling of sexual boredom or unhappiness, lacking communication and disconnect, or disappointment in the relationship and feelings of dissatisfaction can lead to romantic walls and decreased intimacy. The intimate "spark," takes work from both sides, addressing individual needs and desires.
Past & future resentments: Issues with past infidelities, broken promises, forced obligations, financial mistrust, co-parenting issues, emotional-physical abuse, emotional neglect. Are a few common issues that may fuel resentment and relationship unhappiness.
Pre-marital counseling: This is something to consider as part of the plan to build the strong marriage and life together. Individual changes and life circumstances can be place stress on a relationship. Pre-marital counseling can add support that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage.
Growing apart and Individual differences: Love is active and not a state of being. As people age and grow together they can find themselves growing apart from their partner. Individual differences can take a toll on the relationship without compromise and sacrifice.
Separation and Reunification: One reason or another couples find themselves separated and are willing to "try again," to rekindle the relationship. Many issues leading to separation are still unresolved and required attention.
General Communication: Without this skill a person is handicapped in an intimate relationship. Without being able to express themselves and listen to another, partners cannot achieve intimacy. By developing your communication skills, you and your partner will be able to establish and preserve a loving, respectful relationship between two people who love each other.