Feeling overwhelmed by the problems in your relationship?
Lost your sexual desire?
Having trust issues?
Having trouble communicating?
Types of problems couples may have:
1. Communication: Research shows that communication is the number one issue in relationships. I have helped many couples improve their relationship simply by improving their communication skills via a set of tools and exercises that I have developed. Sometimes small changes can have big results!
2. Affairs/Trust Issues: Another common issue for couples is recovering from an affair. Sometimes, the trust issues seem to be so deep that it may feel like there is no hope. I can help you negotiate this delicate situation, and help you build behaviors that are likely to increase trust.
3. Premarital: I have been successful working with premarital couples in helping them to establish healthy communication and teaching them to negotiate effectively in order to lay the foundation for a sound relationship. Based on my experience working with hundreds of couples, I know what can go wrong after the initial glow of newness wears off. I combine this knowledge with resources and exercises, along with the special needs of the couple, to formulate a specialized treatment plan.
4. Military Marriages: I have specialized training on the unique challenges of military marriages.
Because couples counseling is so different from individual counseling, it is recommended that you seek a therapist specifically trained in couples therapy. Therapists who are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, such as myself, are required by the state of Florida to receive this special training.
The first few sessions will consist mainly of assessment. I will need to determine not only what the problems are, but also possible origins and causes. Once I am able to gather some basic information, I will establish goals with you so that we all agree on the direction the therapy is going. The number of sessions varies with the couple and depends on their goals; usually anywhere from 4 – 12 sessions. Together, we will discuss your progress during the course of therapy to make sure it is meeting your needs.
I do like to meet individually with each partner to get more information, including details on personal dynamics that may not become evident in the joint sessions. There are special considerations with regard to confidentiality, which are outlined in this blog entry, and will be explained to you in session. Please refrain from communicating with me privately without your partner’s knowledge or sending clinical details over email.
After all, as Dear Abby says, counseling is expensive but is much cheaper than divorce.
Not sure you want to stay in this relationship? Read about Clarity Counseling.