Losing intimacy and connection with your significant other can be painful! Maybe day in and day out you feel like something’s missing in the relationship. Maybe you feel that you’re living like roommates instead of lovers. Maybe you really miss your partner and feel trapped in intense loneliness. If you’re reading this, maybe it’s time to come to couple’s therapy.
I have witnessed the distress and pain of many couples, along with the healing conversations that restore relationships. I’ve seen how scary, yet powerful, it can be for couples to be vulnerable with one another after living in a cycle of hurt or indifference. It is remarkable to see couples slowly drop their defenses and reestablish trust and warmth in their relationship for the first time in years.
While I have worked with a wide variety of presenting problems, some of my specific areas of focus are working with partners encountering relationship issues due to unexpressed needs, repetitive arguments, and past relationship hurts. I am mindful that many factors can play a role in feeling “stuck,” such as family culture, parenting styles, relationship expectations, and family of origin background differences, and together we can explore all of these issues.
I use Emotion Focused Therapy to help couples stop escalating arguments in their tracks. With me, you will learn to discuss things with one another openly, and, if things escalate, how to hit the “reset” button and try again. So, if you’re ready to confront these issues in your relationship and get that connection back in your life, I am here to support you! Get in touch with me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation where I can answer any questions you may have about the therapeutic process.
Feeling anxious and depressed is not fun. It can feel dark, hopeless, and scary. It can hinder you from doing what you want to do, and from enjoying everyday activities. It can drain the energy out of you and make you feel like a zombie drifting through life. Maybe you feel like you’re letting your friends and family down because of depression or anxiety, which may add guilt to the mix. Or maybe you have started to believe you are worthless. That is why I have searched for more effective ways to help clients that are experiencing anxiety and depression.
I use principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with a method called Emotion-Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). CBT focuses on thought patterns that may be subconsciously creating painful feelings, while EFIT centers on how our unmet attachment needs can lead to painful negative cycles of loneliness, sadness, and low self-esteem. With EFIT we explore why it seems like no matter how hard you try, your closest relationships continue to cause you pain and disappointment. Then we come up with a plan to help you create more satisfying relationship patterns. The goal is ultimately to decrease feelings of hopelessness surrounding connections with others. I am ready to support you through this journey, so get in touch with me through email, phone, or this website and I can answer any questions you may have about the therapeutic process. We don’t have to stay stuck in suffering. There is hope!