Relationships are the currency of human existence and afford the greatest opportunity for growth and healing ~ but all too often they are the source of profound hurt, disappointment and conflict.
My approach with couples focuses on helping partners remove barriers to emotional and physical intimacy by understanding the dynamics at play in their relationship. Couples often come into therapy because they are caught in a painful and familiar cycle that neither partner knows how to stop. Small disagreements may escalate into intense arguments that are rarely resolved. Or, couples may avoid having arguments, but the closeness and connection they once shared is no longer present. These patterns are often the result of ruptures in the couple’s attachment bond that have left both partners feeling hurt, fearful and alone. I combine Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) to guide couples in discovering the attachment wounds in their relationship. By identifying the underlying pain and fear that prevents genuine emotional intimacy, couples are able to transform negative interactions into opportunities for compassion, closeness and a deeper sense of security.
Couples therapy also helps partners:
- discover the healing power of their relationship
- develop greater compassion and understanding
- break destructive communication patterns
- resolve longstanding conflicts
- achieve greater intimacy and passion