Over time relationships can be compromised by problems of communication, frequent quarrels, unresolved conflicts, and lack of intimacy and affection. Life issues and juggling parental roles can also erode the connection between the couple and add pressure to their relationship.
My therapy with couples is influenced by Susan Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method. I have completed further training in both these therapies. I am an member of ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy).
My goal in couple therapy is to help partners learn more effective ways of resolving conflict, increase emotional and sexual intimacy and connection, and learn to identify and express needs and feelings.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short term form of therapy that focuses on adult relationships and attachment /bonding. The therapist and clients look at patterns in the relationships and take steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction.
The Gottman Method was developed by Dr John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman in the 1980s. It is an evidence based form of couples therapy that strives to assist couples in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships that ultimately leads to heightened intimacy and interpersonal growth.