I enjoy working with couples who are looking to improve their relationships. I work with many different types of couples – from couples who are just dating and thinking of marriage, to couples who have been married for years and are on the brink of divorce. It is also a passion of mine to work with people who are no longer married or together in a romantic relationship, but who share children together and have a co-parenting relationship.
I aim to help couples learn better communication styles, methods of meeting each other’s needs, and practices to develop trust and real intimacy. Couples who come to therapy are able to work towards reviving their once healthy and intimate relationships even after they thought their relationships were hopeless and over for good.
Both members of the couple need to be willing to participate meaningfully in therapy in order for it to be effective. Each person should be willing to be open-minded, honest, and able to look at their part in the dysfunction of the relationship. I do not keep secrets for either member of the couple, and I work hard to foster a safe environment where the reality of the relationship can be discussed without aggression or verbal abuse. Many couples have a very difficult time discussing their feelings about their relationship without becoming angry, defensive, and hurting each other. This is why a therapeutic environment can be so helpful, where I can help to moderate these converations so that they are productive rather than destructive to the relationship.