Couples coming to therapy are often dealing with long-standing friction and feel stuck in their patterns of conflict. In romantic love, conflict tends to repeat, and couples feel they have the same argument over and over. For others, there has been an impactful event such as an affair or other significant betrayal, and the couple is in deep pain. I understand the states of fragility, anger, and hurt in which I first encounter couples and am experienced in working through these relationship challenges.
What to expect in couples therapy at Corner House
My role is to help couples identify, understand, and process the most painful parts of their relationship. This begins by helping each partner understand the underlying emotions fueling the patterns of their relationship. Then, time is spent with each partner learning how to negotiate their thoughts and feelings with more awareness and resiliency. As each partner’s insights and skills increase, new patterns develop, and the couple learns to work through life’s obstacles together. I also offer observations of the couple’s greatest strengths as they navigate change and growth. The primary goal of couples therapy is to cultivate the skills to handle the inevitable challenges of romantic partnership with empathy, kindness, and respect; to function as a “team” relying on each other for support and comfort.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is the model of therapy I use and in which I am trained. This therapy is an evidence-based and proven therapy model for long-term relationship satisfaction. The goal is to create safety, heal wounds, and form new healthy patterns of interaction within a couple’s relationship. I am currently working towards full certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Outcomes couples can expect from therapy at Corner House:
- rebuild connection
- repair past relationship injuries
- learn healthy communication skills for future conflict
- re-establish the relationship as a source of support and comfort
- improve intimacy
- recover from a breach of trust
- learn to co-parent more effectively
- enhance what is already working well
It is a courageous act to seek change. I approach my clinical work with a deep understanding of how difficult the first steps towards therapy can be. Because I am a wife, a mother, and a professional, I bring clinical training and lived experiences to my warm and approachable style of therapy. I will encourage you in every step of your journey to a more satisfying relationship between you and your partner.
Notable Areas of Experience and Focus:
At this time, I am accepting appointments for couples, including several areas of focus: same-sex couples, couples where one partner has a diagnosis of ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and/or Depression. Additionally, I have addiction treatment experience and may be the right fit for therapy if a partner struggles with sobriety.