Relationships can be the most challenging, and the most rewarding, experiences in our lives.
Whether you are wanting to get your new relationship started out on the right foot, have been together for a while and are now confronting transitions and challenges, or just want to strengthen your connection, couples counseling can be very beneficial. Even if you are faced with the decision of whether or not to continue in your relationship, counseling can help you both explore your options, make the decision that is right for you, and (if you decide to end the relationship), help you both make the transition with grace, kindness, and integrity.
I design your couples counseling to fit your unique needs, honoring your strengths and edges. We work on present-moment awareness and ability to attune to each other, building tangible skills and habits that will increase your likelihood to create and maintain a happy, healthy relationship, and re-patterning underlying attachment and nervous system habits that may interfere with your ability to connect with, and support, each other. And perhaps most importantly, while couples therapy can be challenging work, I do believe that it should be fun and strive to make it so, enriching your sense of play and connection while also helping you “re-wire” your relationship towards secure-functioning behavior. I based my work with couples on the Hakomi Method and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy); I am a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a Level Two PACT Therapist.
Stepping into commitment in a relationship is exciting, scary, stressful, and exhilarating, all at the same time. Why not give your relationship a little love and support, as you take your next steps together? It’s a small investment, now, that can make a big, positive difference in the long run.
Areas of exploration in pre-marital counseling may include:
- Communication Patterns, Boundaries & Conflict Resolution
- Increasing Mindfulness within Relationship
- Family of Origin Legacies
- Attachment Patterns & Building Trust
- Balancing Intimacy and Differentiation
- Establishing “Family” Life (Work-Life Balance, Routines, Roles, etc.)
- Finances and Money
- Spirituality and Religion
- Expectations and Desires around having Children, Parenting, and Family Involvement
- Sex & Intimacy
- Establishing Rituals & Habits for Relationship Success
- Honoring each other’s Dreams & Goals
What is different about my approach? You get a custom-designed process based on your unique relationship, not a one-size-fits-all approach. I am inclusive and welcoming of all relationships and any religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions that you honor.