When working with couples, my approach is focused on understanding the relational dynamics that occur between partners, especially in times of distress, and help them develop more adaptive ways of relating to each other.
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and use this as my primary model for working with couples. EFT is a empirically validated model of couple therapy that focuses on the attachment bond between couples and understanding how relational dynamics undermine relational security and connection. Couples presenting for treatment often describe getting stuck in the same argument and feel unable to resolve conflict. EFT helps couples understand the role of emotion and attachment security in these interactions and helps couples see a pathway to a more secure, connected relationship. During couple therapy sessions, I will model, coach and support couples as they learn how to take the risk to relate to their partner in new and more vulnerable ways.
Couple therapy can be used to address a wide range of issues including (but not limited to):
- develop skills to reduce relationship distress (couple, family, in-laws, children etc...)
- cope with and rebuild trust after infidelity
- enhance the emotional bonds between partners
- improve communication skills
- evaluate and make decisions about your relationships
- cope with and move on following divorce
- adapt to life stage transitions (i.e. transition to parenthood, empty nest, retirement)
- navigating differences and/or challenges related to sexuality and intimacy
When working with couples, I see the couple together for the initial session and then meet with each partner individually. The individual sessions provide me with an opportunity to better understand each partner’s experience and their family and relationship history. Typically, all subsequent sessions are in a couple context.
Please contact me for additional information.