There is no human experience more satisfying than a loving, close and happy relationship. On the other hand, there is no experience more emotionally draining and frustrating than an unfulfilling or strained relationship. When love is involved our very quality of life can be at stake. Whether you seek help together as a couple or alone, an experienced counselor can make a significant difference in how your relationship fares. It is best not to wait when it comes to couples therapy. As soon as one partner feels a disconnect, it is a good idea to get help, even if you attend sessions alone. There is a lot that can be done to improve the dynamic of a relationship just by changing one partner’s approach. Marriages have been repaired even when one partner refuses to attend counseling. My approach with helping couples is using a variety of evidence-based couples treatment modalities and methods used in relationship coaching. I customize a treatment plan for you that reflects your needs and expectations as a couple. There is usually a goal to be met each week that is uncomplicated and specific to encourage the development of a healthy and satisfying relationship.
Counseling for couples is usually provided weekly, but some couples who are in dire straits prefer meeting more frequently. Once a couple is on more solid ground, frequency of sessions is reduced. Issues covered in marital or couples therapy may include:
- Addressing hurts/psychological injuries
- Reconnecting through empathy
- Sexual incompatibility
- Reframing views of the partnership
- Goals as a couple
- Improvement in communication
- Parenting concerns
In a situation where a partner has already made a decision to dissolve the marriage before seeking counseling, I provide support and help the couple navigate through the difficult and emotional divorce process. Issues surrounding effective and respectful communication are stressed, along with co-parenting issues. I also offer occasional sessions for couples who would like professional support on an “as-needed” basis. Couples can meet for sessions as often as they would like and specific topics of concern can be addressed in a safe, supportive environment. Sometimes this is the only time couples have to focus solely on their marital relationship concerns and set goals to improve the quality of their marriage. Making the marriage a priority is important, especially when there are other responsibilities competing for your attention. Downloads: Coaching vs Therapy
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Things to Know:
Appointment times: I customize my schedule to cater to my clients and the corresponding time zone.
What I mean by email support: During the first few sessions I will tend to send you a fair bit of information for you to read in your own time, so that our coaching sessions are used most efficiently. You are also free to email me as much as you wish with thoughts, questions and updates. I also set tasks, depending on what your needs are at the time – I can be gentle or I can be more challenging, depending upon your preference. I respond to all emails within 1 business day.