I work with couples in all stages of their relationships. Also, I work with a large range of issues because the dynamics at play in a couple are more intricate than with an individual. Being a couple takes attention and commitment. Like anything that grows and changes, tending to the needs of a relationship takes focus and effort. Sometimes the individuals within a couple simply grow apart and they need a way to reconnect. Other times transitions like becoming parents, changing jobs, or experiencing an accident or other physical change can alter the roles within a couple. This role change can be difficult to negotiate. Some couples have experienced infidelity and need help dealing with the feelings of guilt and betrayal. And, other couples have reached the point of separation or divorce and want help moving through that process. Resolving these issues leads to better relationships and, as research has shown, strong and satisfying relationships enhance longevity and decrease illness.
I enjoy my work with couples because I derive great happiness from seeing couples work together to create or rekindle something larger than each of them individually, this includes positively concluding a separation or divorce.
Some of the common topics I work with: Effective communication Infidelity Conflict resolution Anger Intimacy Adjusting to life transitions Struggles with in-laws Forgiveness Balancing work, family & self Step-family dynamics Parenting styles Past trauma Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Marriage is a commitment not to be entered into lightly. Keeping a marriage together for a lifetime takes work, all of which starts before the wedding day. Understanding each other's needs and wants, communicating clearly about roles and expectations, and learning how to fight in a healthy way all contribute to a strong foundation upon which to build that lifetime relationship.
If you are getting married or thinking of getting married and want to begin learning skills that will serve you throughout your marriage, I can help guide you. Image courtesy of Tom Clare / FreeDigitalPhotos.net