Have breaches of trust eroded your relationship?
Has affection turned into arguing?
Do you feel exhausted, alone, or on edge around your partner?
Are you having a hard time communicating and connecting?
Do you wish enjoyed your relationship more?
Sometimes, couples get stuck in a "problem loop". Understanding how thoughts, feelings and actions interact, you can change negative beliefs that are stressing you out and make lasting changes that improve your life.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR COUPLES
Identify relationship patterns and problems so that we can find solutions
Identify what is working so that we can repeat successes
Define your individual and couple goals
Specify a plan of action so that you know what to do next
Work on positive communication so that you turn conflict constructive
Evaluate your progress so that you can celebrate it together
No Secrets Policy for Couples and Families
When a couple or family enters into counseling, it is considered to be one unit. This means that my allegiance is to the couple or family “unit,” and not to the individuals. I find this is particularly important in creating a space where everyone can feel safe. Therefore, I adhere to a strict “No Secrets” policy. This means that I will not hold secrets for individuals. This policy is intended to allow me to continue to treat the couple or family by preventing, to the extent possible, a conflict of interest to arise where an individual’s interests may not be consistent with the interests of the unit being treated.
On occasion during the counseling process, individuals of the unit may be seen for an individual counseling session. In this case, the individual session is still considered as part of the couple’s or family’s counseling relationship. Information disclosed during individual sessions may be relevant or even essential to the proper treatment of the couple or family. If an individual chooses to share such information with me, I will offer the individual every opportunity to disclose the relevant information and will provide guidance in this process. If the individual refuses to disclose this information within the couple’s or family’s session, I may determine that it is necessary to discontinue the counseling relationship.
If there is information that an individual desires to address within a context of individual confidentiality, I will be happy to provide referrals to therapists who can provide concurrent individual therapy. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the couples/family counseling relationship.
CLASSES FOR DATING COUPLES
Lifetime partnership is choosing "your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you'll hear about 18,000 times." (Huffington Post 2014).
This class will teach you how to:
Ask the right questions to inspire meaningful conversation.
Analyze your partner's level of conscientiousness.
Judge character based on compatibility, relationships skills, friends, and patterns from family and previous relationships.
Resolve your own emotional baggage.
Open your eyes to problems in the relationship.
Identify and break destructive dating patterns.
Previously called How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk(ette), this course and its author (Dr. John Van Epp) have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Psychology Today, O Magazine, and Cosmopolitan...just sayin'. But does this program work?
P.I.C.K. a Partner (10 hour commitment): Must be 18 to register. Nonrefundable payment must be made in full at time of registration.
CLASSES FOR COMMITTED AND MARRIED COUPLES
Keeping your love strong requires ongoing communication and thoughtful consideration of your relationship. At the heart of every vibrant relationship is a strong attachment. A couple who still feels “in love” after years together is unsinkable in the waves of life. In the L.I.N.K.S. Program (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge & Skills), you will gain skills for communication, conflict resolution, forgiveness and rebuilding trust, identifying and satisfying personal needs, constructing a marriage story, and growing sexually.
Couple L.I.N.K.S. (10 hour commitment): Couples are highly encouraged to attend this workshop together. Nonrefundable payment must be made in full at time of registration.
WHEN THE DECISION IS MADE TO LEAVE
Unfortunately, some couples will decide to dissolve their partnership for a variety of reasons, and I have included some brief information on this, here.
I have also included information for those experiencing domestic violence and/or harassment, here.