All relationships go through periods that are less than satisfying, whether pertaining to trust issues, infidelity, lack of intimacy, or not knowing whether to stay in or leave the relationship. 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. When a relationship is struggling, it can be very stressful and lonely feeling like 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.
I utilize techniques and exercises from both the Gottman method and Emotion-Focused therapy (EFT) when working with couples. 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.