Why couples therapy? 

We will work together to restructure the emotional responses that have maintained the negative interaction pattern. 

This is what you can expect from couples therapies, depending on level of couple distress, commitment to the relationship, and to therapy itself.
The first sessions center on understanding you own unique arguing cycle and calming it down by experiencing more understanding and drawing closer together.  

The next area is discovering your own fears and needs that inhibit reaching out to each other. Recognizing these in a safe and new way builds on itself.

Lastly, we address facing the future together by continuing to open up to each other and dealing with missteps or problematic issues as a team.
These stages are designed to increase your emotional awareness expanding your ability to respond to each other; to generate a positive upward spin of relating and most importantly to create a healthy functioning relationship between both of you.

Premarital Counseling

I am certified as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator which means I can administer this valid assessment  to measure and help improve your relationship’s strengths and growth areas. This assessment is useful whether you are dating, engaged or married.  A few of the many topics that will be covered will be communication, conflict resolution, personality differences, dealing with family and friends and much more.  This assessment is a tool we will use in our time together to work toward the solutions you are currently seeking in your relationship. 

Note:  If you are interested in this program for premarital counseling check with the state you are getting married in for a discount on your marriage license. In many states a discount is given to the couple when they complete 6 hours of premarital counseling!

Click here to learn about the effectiveness of premarital counseling with PREPARE-ENRICH  

Helping a couple prepare for marriage is a positive and effective experience for couples.  Good premarital counseling helps the couple get their marriage off to a more positive start and has been shown to reduce their chance of divorce by 30% (Stanley, 2001). Premarital counseling stimulates meaningful dialogue for the couple and teaches them communication and conflict resolution skills they can use to resolve current and future issues. Couples also learn the value of proactively working on their relationship and how they can maintain a healthy relationship.