Couple Therapy, 55-60 minutes
Relationship difficulties are one of the most frequent sources of stress in people’s lives. A couple therapy session is a place to explore the dynamics between any two people—spouses, partners, parent/child, housemates—and find ways to communicate and interact in a manner that strengthens the relationship.
Issues that many couples address include infidelity, substance use, parenting styles, extended family issues, patterns of communication, arguing, and more. For reasons of safety and ethical responsibility, I do not conduct couple’s therapy when there is ongoing violence in the relationship. Please contact me if you are in a violent relationship and would like resources for finding safety.
I have trained through the Gottman Relationship Institute and use much of their relational methods (see some of their tools for self-assessment of relationships here and here). Couple therapy can be either short- or long-term and can begin at any stage of your relationship—you don’t need to wait until all else has failed before you start couple therapy!
Extended Sessions, 90 minutes
Occasionally couple therapy clients want to work through a difficult issue and find that they need more than the standard hour-long session. Extended sessions can also be scheduled before a therapy hiatus (before a vacation, for example) or as a less-frequent alternative to weekly hour-long sessions.