Whether pertaining to trust issues, infidelity, lack of intimacy, or ambivalence around staying or leaving a partner, all relationships go through periods that are more challenging than others. Sometimes it may feel like you can’t communicate with your partner without something being lost in translation, which leads to arguments or hurt feelings. It can feel stressful and lonely when one of the most important relationships of your life is disconnected. In couples therapy, we will work as a unit to identify areas of disconnect in the relationship, introduce better conflict resolution, and replace negative patterns with positive interactions.
When working with couples, I utilize techniques and exercises from both the Gottman method and Emotion-Focused therapy (EFT). Interventions practiced in sessions will address distress in the relationship, identify ways to increase closeness and intimacy, build a better emotional connection, and allow both individuals to better understand each other’s emotional responses. The goal in couples therapy will be to create a new pattern of interacting that is respectful of each person’s needs and wants.