In working with couples I strive to increase emotional connection while facilitating healthy communication. I provide empathy and support and teach useful skills to facilitate change using Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Techniques.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is typically a brief therapy focusing on alleviating distress in the couple’s relationship. It is based on the idea that couples in distress find themselves in a cycle of negative interactions that keep them from resolving their conflicts. EFT is an empirically validated therapy where 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and 90% show significant improvements.
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is also a researched based therapy for couples. The Gottman Method strives to increase respect, affection, and closeness within the relationship, while the couple learns to support each others hopes and dreams and manage conflict.
It is important to me that my couples feel safe and supported during our work together. I take extra care to ensure a balanced approach. Men often tend to experience emotions differently than women and I am sensitive to that. I work to ensure that my male and female clients feel comfortable in being themselves and that each partner’s perspective is valued and respected.
My hope for my couples is for them to be able to re-connect emotionally, become better friends, and to learn to turn toward one another, especially during times of stress in the relationship. A secure bond between partners is the foundation to a healthy and happy relationship.