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Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling and Sex Therapy

Couples Counseling

couples counseling, improved intimacy, good communication

Arguing too much?

Lost your intimacy?

Having communication issues?

Miss the closeness with your partner?

Want to look more like the couple in this picture?

All couples have problems from time to time. It is natural and normal to disagree. However, sometimes arguments or issues aren’t resolved and resentments can build up. This can also lead to the formation of destructive communication habits, causing you to drift further and further apart both physically and emotionally. When this happens the problems seem overwhelming and the assistance of a therapist may be needed. As a licensed marriage therapist, I can help you recognize and fix destructive patterns by providing objective and non-judgmental feedback and tools you can practice at home. As a sex therapist, I can also provide suggestions and activities to get your sex life back on track.

Types of Problems:

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. Often small changes can have big results!

2. Sexual: Sexual issues are often overlooked by counselors but they can affect the quality of your relationship. As a certified sex therapist, I look at your relationship holistically and merge the treatment of sexual and relationship issues appropriately.

3. Affairs/Trust Issues: Another common issue for couples is recovering from an affair. Yes, it is possible! I can help you negotiate this delicate situation, and introduce behaviors that are likely to increase trust.

Not Sure If You Need Counseling?

Not sure if you need couples counseling? Take this assessment: Ten Things- An Assessment For Couples. Or, take this longer assessment to rate your relationship.

Although the first session consists mainly of assessment, I do add interventions whenever possible right from the beginning. I also like to meet with each partner individually, as I have found that this speeds up the counseling process overall. 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.

Think It’s Too Expensive?

Think it’s too expensive? As Dear Abby says, counseling is expensive but is much cheaper than divorce. (A non-complex mediated divorce can cost between $3,000 and $5,000, whereas the average amount spent on couples therapy is approximately $800). And, how can you put a price on your happiness and well-being? Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your relationship! What is holding you back? Call me and let’s talk about it.

Not sure you want to stay in this relationship? Read about Discernment Counseling.
To see how I have helped other couples, read my Testimonials.

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