I create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where both people in the relationship can be present and express their feelings, values, dreams, and expectations to each other and communicate in a positive and productive way.
First, I ask each person to speak individually about themselves and the issues in the relationship as they see it. This opens up the dialog and gives an opportunity for issues to be expressed as we go back and forth between each person. As we explore the dynamics in the relationship, we’re able to identify and resolve stuck points in a productive way.
Usually, a lack of effective communication is the main issue between couples.
I will support you in learning new ways to communicate, listen openly, and identify the common ground between you. The goal is to be able to identify where the communication breaks down, and learn how to manage the relationship without blame or judgment and see things how they actually are as opposed to how you believe them to be.
The goal is to be able to both express yourselves, and also listen wholeheartedly. When we allow each other to have our point of view and respect where the other person is coming from, the relationship improves.
My purpose is to provide you a safe atmosphere and act as a mediator in order to guide the process until resolution is achieved in your relationship.
Issues related to couples therapy:
- Communication issues
- Excessive judgmentalness
- Lack of attention, affection and intimacy
- Broken promises and disappointment
- Lack of openness / transparency
- Addictions (drugs and alcohol, gambling, shopping, internet, etc)
- Infidelity / Affairs
- Betrayal and lying
- Threats of separation/divorce